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Encyclopedia > Perseus (constellation)
Perseus
Perseus
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Abbreviation Per
Genitive Persei
Symbology Perseus
Right ascension 3 h
Declination 45°
Area 615 sq. deg.
Ranked 24th
Number of stars
(magnitude < 3)
5
Brightest star α Per (Mirfak)
(App. magnitude 1.79)
Meteor showers
Bordering
constellations
Visible at latitudes between +90° and −35°
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of December

Perseus is a northern constellation, named after the Greek hero who slew the monster Medusa. It is one of Ptolemy's 48 constellations and was also adopted by the International Astronomical Union as one of the 88 modern constellations. It contains the famous variable star Algol (β Per), and is also the location of the radiant of the annual Perseids meteor shower. This is a celestial map of the constellation Perseus. ... The genitive case is a grammatical case that indicates a relationship, primarily one of possession, between the noun in the genitive case and another noun. ... For the constellation, see Perseus (constellation); for the Macedonian king, see Perseus of Macedon Perseus with the Head of Medusa Perseus was the son of Danae, the only child of Acrisius king of Argos. ... Right ascension (RA; symbol α: Greek letter alpha) is the astronomical term for one of the two coordinates of a point on the celestial sphere when using the equatorial coordinate system. ... In astronomy, declination (dec) is one of the two coordinates of the equatorial coordinate system, the other being either right ascension or hour angle. ... Here is a list of the 88 modern constellations by their area in the sky, measured in square degrees. ... // Headline text HEY!! HOW ARE YOU ALL?? Its nice of you to come read this page. ... Mirfak (also known as Algenib, and designated &#945; Persei) is the brightest star in the constellation of Perseus. ... // Headline text HEY!! HOW ARE YOU ALL?? Its nice of you to come read this page. ... Leonid Meteor Shower From earliest times, humankind has noticed flurries of meteors that seemed to emanate from particular points in the sky at particular times of the year. ... The Perseids are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle. ... Cassiopeia is a northern constellation which Greek mythology considered to represent a vain queen. ... Andromeda is a constellation named for the princess Andromeda (which is Greek for Ruler over men), a character in Greek mythology. ... Triangulum is a small northern constellation whose three brightest stars, of third and fourth magnitude, form an elongated triangle. ... Aries (, Latin for Ram) is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... For other uses of the word Taurus see Taurus. ... Auriga (Latin for charioteer) is a northern constellation. ... Camelopardalis, Latin for giraffe, is the name of a large but faint northern constellation first recorded by Jakob Bartsch in 1624, but probably created earlier by Petrus Plancius. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A relatively modern image of Medusa painted by Arnold Böcklin In Greek mythology, Medusa (&#924;&#949;&#948;&#959;&#965;&#963;&#945; Queen), was a monstrous female character whose gaze could turn people to stone. ... An artists rendition of Claudius Ptolemaeus This article is about the geographer and astronomer Ptolemy. ... Logo of the IAU The International Astronomical Union (French: Union astronomique internationale) unites national astronomical societies from around the world. ... Most stars are of almost constant luminosity. ... ALGOL (short for ALGOrithmic Language) is a family of imperative computer programming languages originally developed in the mid 1950s which became the de facto standard way to report algorithms in print for almost the next 30 years. ... Categories: Planetology | Astronomy stubs ... The Perseids are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle. ... Leonid Meteor Shower From earliest times, humankind has noticed flurries of meteors that seemed to emanate from particular points in the sky at particular times of the year. ...

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Notable features

  • α Per (Mirfak): The brightest star of this constellation is also called Algenib (a name which is used for other stars as well, e. g. γ Peg). Mirfak (Arabic for elbow) is a supergiant of spectral type F5 Ib with an apparent brightness of 1.79m lying at a distance of ca. 590 light-years. Its luminosity is 5,000 times and its diameter is 62 times that of our Sun.
  • Algol (β Per): This may not be the brightest star of this constellation, but it definitely is its most famous star. Algol (from Arabic al-Ghul, which means The Ghoul or The Demon Star) represents the eye of the gorgon Medusa. This star is the prototype of a whole group of eclipsing variable stars. Its apparent brightness ranges between 2.12m and 3.39m with a period of merely 2.867 days. It is of spectral type B8 V and lies at a distance of only 93 ly.
  • Nova Persei 1901 (GK Persei), a bright nova discovered on February 23, 1901.
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Mirfak (also known as Algenib, and designated &#945; Persei) is the brightest star in the constellation of Perseus. ... The Pleiades, an open cluster of stars in the constellation of Taurus. ... Gamma Pegasi (γ Peg / γ Pegasi) is a star in the constellation of Pegasus. ... In astronomy, stellar classification is a classification of stars based initially on photospheric temperature and its associated spectral characteristics, and subsequenly refined in terms of other characteristics. ... // Headline text HEY!! HOW ARE YOU ALL?? Its nice of you to come read this page. ... A light year, abbreviated ly, is the distance light travels in one year: roughly 9. ... Luminosity has different meanings in several different fields of science. ... ALGOL (short for ALGOrithmic Language) is a family of imperative computer programming languages originally developed in the mid 1950s which became the de facto standard way to report algorithms in print for almost the next 30 years. ... In Greek mythology, the Gorgons (terrible or, according to some, loud-roaring) were vicious female monsters with sharp fangs and hair of living, venomous snakes. ... Most stars are of nearly constant luminosity. ... GK Persei (also Nova Persei 1901) was a bright nova occuring in 1901 in Perseus. ... Artists conception of a white dwarf star accreting hydrogen from a larger companion A nova (pl. ...

Notable deep sky objects

  • h+χ Per: These two open clusters (NGC 869 and NGC 884 respectively) belong to the most beautiful objects of the night sky for binoculars and small telescopes. Both lie at distances of more than 7,000 ly and are separated by several hundred light-years.
  • M34: This open cluster with an apparent brightness of 5.5m lies at a distance of approximately 1,400 ly and consists of about 100 stars that are scattered over an area larger than that of the full moon. Its true diameter is about 14 ly. M 34 can be resolved even with good binoculars but is best viewed using a telescope at low magnifications.
  • M76: This planetary nebula is also called Little Dumbbell Nebula. It measures about 65 arc seconds and has an apparent brightness of 10.1m.
  • NGC 1499: Also called California Nebula this emission nebula, discovered in 1884-85 by the American astronomer Edward E. Barnard, is a great target for astrophotographers. Due to its low surface brightness it's a very difficult object when observed visually.
  • NGC 1333 is a reflection nebula and the location of star formation.
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An open cluster is a group of up to a few thousand stars that were formed from the same giant molecular cloud, and are still loosely gravitationally bound to each other. ... Open Cluster NGC 869 is an open cluster in the Perseus constellation. ... Open Cluster NGC 884, also known as Chi Persei, is an open cluster in the Perseus constellation. ... 2MASS image of M34 (taken in infrared band; falsecolor) Open Cluster M34 (also known as Messier Object 34 or NGC 1039) is an open cluster in the constellation Perseus. ... The Little Dumbbell Nebula (also known as Messier Object 76 or NGC 650/651) is a planetary nebula in the constellation Perseus. ... NGC 6543, the Cats Eye Nebula A planetary nebula is an astronomical object consisting of a glowing shell of gas and plasma formed by certain types of stars at the end of their lives. ... The California Nebula (NGC 1499) is an emission nebula located in the constellation Perseus. ... An emission nebula is a cloud of ionized gas ( a plasma) emitting light of various colors. ... Edward Emerson Barnard (December 16, 1857 – February 6, 1923) was an American astronomer. ... Surface brightness is a concept used in astronomy when describing extended astronomical objects such as galaxies and nebulae. ...

Graphic visualization

Diagram of an alternate way to connect the stars of the Perseus constellation.
Diagram of an alternate way to connect the stars of the Perseus constellation.

The stars of the constellation Perseus can be connected in an alternative way. Image File history File links Perseus_constellation_map_visualization. ... Image File history File links Perseus_constellation_map_visualization. ...


Perseus' body is formed by the stars beta Persei, kappa Persei, iota Persei, alpha Persei, sigma Persei, nu Persei, and epsilon Persei. Alpha Persei and beta Persei are of the second magnitude, and are also called Mirfak and Algol respectively. Star epsilon Persei is of the third magnitude. The position of Algol Algol (β Per / Beta Persei) is a bright star in the constellation Perseus. ... Misam is the name of the star kappa Persei in the constellation Perseus. ... Iota Persei (ι Per / ι Persei) is a main sequence dwarf star in the constellation Perseus. ... Mirfak (also known as Algenib, and designated &#945; Persei) is the brightest star in the constellation of Perseus. ...


The stars alpha Persei, gamma Persei, tau Persei, and iota Persei form Perseus' head: gamma Persei is of the third magnitude. Stars gamma Persei, eta Persei, and tau Persei form Perseus' cap. A human head In anatomy, the head of an animal is the rostral part (from anatomical position) that usually comprises the brain, eyes, ears, nose, and mouth (all of which aid in various sensory functions, such as sight, hearing, smell, and taste). ... Miram is the name of the star Eta Persei in the constellation Perseus. ... The initialism CAP, when used by itself, can refer to: California Assessment Program, a California standards test replaced by the California Learning Assessment System, which was in turn replaced by the STAR system. ...


The stars alpha Persei, psi Persei, delta Persei, 48 Persei, mu Persei, and lambda Persei form Perseus' left arm and hand: delta Persei being of the third magnitude. In anatomy, an arm is one of the upper limbs of a two-legged animal. ...


The stars iota Persei, theta Persei, and phi Persei form the right arm and hand. Perseus' right hand, phi Persei, is yanking at one of Andromeda's feet (51 Andromedae), intent on liberating her. (After liberating her, he marries her.) Andromeda may be: Andromeda (mythology), the daughter of Cepheus and Cassiopeia, wife of Perseus Andromeda Galaxy Andromeda (constellation), in which the Andromeda Galaxy is located Andromeda polifolia or Bog-rosemary, a plant of the heath family Andromeda (TV series) a science fiction television series Mount Andromeda in Canada and the...


Stars epsilon Persei, xi Persei, zeta Persei, and omicron Persei form Perseus' left leg and foot: zeta Persei being of the third magnitude. Menchib (arab. ... Menkib is the name of the star Zeta Persei in the constellation Perseus. ... Atik (also Al Atik, arab. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Finally, stars beta Persei, rho Persei, and pi Persei form Perseus' right leg and foot. Rho Persei (ρ Per / ρ Persei) is a star in the constellation Perseus. ... Pi Persei (π Per) is a star in the constellation Perseus. ...

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Reference

  • H. A. Rey, The Stars — A New Way To See Them. Enlarged World-Wide Edition. Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1997. ISBN 0-395-24830-2.
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Stars

Stars with proper names:
  • (33/α Per) 1.79 Mirfak [Mirphak, Marphak, Markfak] or Algenib [Alcheb]
    < مرفق mirfaq "Elbow", derived from ‏المرفق الثريا al-mirfaq al-thurayya "Elbow of the Pleiades"
    < الجنب al-janb "the Flank"
  • (26/β Per) ~2.09 Algol [El Ghoul] or Gorgona [Gorgonea Prima] or Demon Star or Ghoul Star - eclipsing binary, Algol variable prototype
    < رأس الغول ra's al-ghūl The demon's (ghoul's) head
    < gorgonea prīma The first gorgonean star
  • (23/γ Per) – double 2.91, 3.00 Al Fakhir
    < ‏الفاخر al-faakhir Proud One or Excellent One (referring to the bearer of the ghoul's head)
  • (39/δ Per) 3.01 Basel or Basil
    < ‏الباسل al-basil The Brave One (referring to the bearer of the ghoul's head)
  • (45/ε Per) 2.90 Adid Australis
    < الدد al-adid "the Upper Arm" + Australis "southern" (al-adid derived from ‏الدد الثريا al-adid al-thurayya "Upper Arm of the Pleiades")
  • (27/κ Per) (or Misam, see h & χ Per) 3.79
  • (46/ξ Per) 3.98 Menkib [Menkhib, Menchib]
    < منكب mankib
  • (41/ν Per) 3.77 Adid Borealis
    < الدد al-adid "the Upper Arm" + Borealis "northern" (al-adid derived from ‏الدد الثريا al-adid al-thurayya "Upper Arm of the Pleiades")
  • (38/ο Per) 3.83 Atik [Ati, Al Atik, Atiks]
    عتق catiq shoulder [of the Pleiades]
  • (22/π Per) 4.68 Gorgonea Secunda
  • (25/ρ Per) 3.32 Gorgonea Tertia
  • (υ Per) Nembus
  • (φ Per) 4.01 Seif or Alseiph
    < السيف al-saif the Sword (from the Arabic asterism السيف و الانفال al-saif wa al-anfal "The Sword and the Spoils")
  • (28/ω Per) 4.61 Gorgonea Quarta
  • Misam or Perseus Double Cluster or Chi/h Persei
    < معصم macşam wrist
  • Misam (χ Per, NGC 884) – actually an open cluster
  • Misam (h Per, NGC 869) – actually an open cluster
Stars with Bayer designations:
13/θ Per 4.10; ι Per 4.05 – nearby; 47/λ Per 4.25; 51/μ Per 4.12; 35/σ Per 4.36; 18/τ Per 3.93, 4.0 ; υ Per, see 51 And; 37/ψ Per 4.32; b Per 4.60; b2 Per 5.55; 48/c Per 3.96; 53/d Per 4.80; 58/e Per 4.25; 52/f Per 4.67; 4/g Per 4.99; 9/i Per 5.16; k Per 4.77; 32/l Per 4.96; 57/m Per 6.09; 42/n Per 5.14; 40/o Per 4.97; 43/A Per 5.28
Stars with Flamsteed designations:
1 Per 5.53; 2 Per 5.70; 3 Per 5.70; 5 Per 6.38; 6 Per 5.31; 8 Per 5.75; 10 Per 6.25; 11 Per 5.76; 12 Per 4.91; 14 Per 5.43; 16 Per 4.22; 17 Per 4.56; 20 Per 5.34; 21 Per 5.10; 24 Per 4.94; 29 Per 5.16; 30 Per 5.49; 31 Per 5.05; 34 Per 4.67; 36 Per 5.30; 49 Per 6.07; 50 Per 5.52; 54 Per 4.93; 55 Per 5.73; 56 Per 5.77; 59 Per 5.30
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Mirfak (also known as Algenib, and designated &#945; Persei) is the brightest star in the constellation of Perseus. ... ALGOL (short for ALGOrithmic Language) is a family of imperative computer programming languages originally developed in the mid 1950s which became the de facto standard way to report algorithms in print for almost the next 30 years. ... Algol (β Per / Beta Persei) is a bright star in the constellation Perseus. ... Menkib is the name of the star Zeta Persei in the constellation Perseus. ... Atik (also Al Atik, arab. ... Menchib (arab. ... Miram is the name of the star Eta Persei in the constellation Perseus. ... Misam is the name of the star kappa Persei in the constellation Perseus. ... Menchib (arab. ... Atik (also Al Atik, arab. ... Pi Persei (π Per) is a star in the constellation Perseus. ... Rho Persei (ρ Per / ρ Persei) is a star in the constellation Perseus. ... Omega Persei (ω Per) is a star in the constellation Perseus. ... Iota Persei (ι Per / ι Persei) is a main sequence dwarf star in the constellation Perseus. ... 51 Andromedae is a star in the constellation Andromeda. ...

External links

  • The Deep Photographic Guide to the Constellations: Perseus
  • SEDS' comprehensive Messier Catalog
The 48 Constellations listed by Ptolemy
Andromeda • Aquarius • Aquila • Ara • Argo Navis • Aries • Auriga • Boötes • Cancer • Canis Major • Canis Minor • Capricornus • Cassiopeia • Centaurus • Cepheus • Cetus • Corona Australis • Corona Borealis • Corvus • Crater • Cygnus • Delphinus • Draco • Equuleus • Eridanus • Gemini • Hercules • Hydra • Leo • Lepus • Libra • Lupus • Lyra • Ophiuchus • Orion • Pegasus • Perseus • Pisces • Piscis Austrinus • Sagitta • Sagittarius • Scorpius • Serpens • Taurus • Triangulum • Ursa Major • Ursa Minor • Virgo
The 88 modern Constellations
Andromeda • Antlia • Apus • Aquarius • Aquila • Ara • Aries • Auriga • Boötes • Caelum • Camelopardalis • Cancer • Canes Venatici • Canis Major • Canis Minor • Capricornus • Carina • Cassiopeia • Centaurus • Cepheus • Cetus • Chamaeleon • Circinus • Columba • Coma Berenices • Corona Australis • Corona Borealis • Corvus • Crater • Crux • Cygnus • Delphinus • Dorado • Draco • Equuleus • Eridanus • Fornax • Gemini • Grus • Hercules • Horologium • Hydra • Hydrus • Indus • Lacerta • Leo • Leo Minor • Lepus • Libra • Lupus • Lynx • Lyra • Mensa • Microscopium • Monoceros • Musca • Norma • Octans • Ophiuchus • Orion • Pavo • Pegasus • Perseus • Phoenix • Pictor • Pisces • Piscis Austrinus • Puppis • Pyxis • Reticulum • Sagitta • Sagittarius • Scorpius • Sculptor • Scutum • Serpens • Sextans • Taurus • Telescopium • Triangulum • Triangulum Australe • Tucana • Ursa Major • Ursa Minor • Vela • Virgo • Volans • Vulpecula
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This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... An artists rendition of Claudius Ptolemaeus This article is about the geographer and astronomer Ptolemy. ... Andromeda is a constellation named for the princess Andromeda (which is Greek for Ruler over men), a character in Greek mythology. ... For other uses, see Aquarius (disambiguation). ... Aquila (Latin for Eagle), is one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy and is now also part of the list of 88 constellations acknowledged by the IAU. It lies roughly at the celestial equator. ... Ara (Latin for Altar) is a faint southerly constellation between the constellations Centaurus and Lupus. ... The constellation Argo Navis drawn by Johannes Hevelius in 1690 Argo Navis (or simply Argo) was a large southern constellation representing the Argo, the ship used by Jason and the Argonauts in Greek mythology. ... Aries (, Latin for Ram) is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... Auriga (Latin for charioteer) is a northern constellation. ... Boötes, a name deriving from Egypt, is one of the 88 modern constellations and was also one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy. ... In astronomy and astrology, Cancer (Latin for crab, symbol , Unicode ♋) is one of the twelve constellations of the zodiac. ... Canis Major (Latin for the greater dog) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also in Ptolemys list of 48 constellations. ... Canis Minor (Latin for little dog) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also in Ptolemys list of 48 constellations. ... Capricornus ( or ), a name meaning Horned Goat or That which has horns like a goats in Latin, is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... Cassiopeia is a northern constellation which Greek mythology considered to represent a vain queen. ... Centaurus (Latin for centaur) was one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy, and counts also among the 88 modern constellations. ... Cepheus is a northern constellation named after King Cepheus in Greek mythology, and is considered to represent a king. ... Cetus (a name from Greek mythology, referring to a Whale or Sea monster, see Ceto) is a constellation of the southern sky, in the region known as the Water, near other watery constellations like Aquarius, Pisces, and Eridanus. ... Corona Australis or Corona Austrina (Latin for Southern Crown) was one of Ptolemys 48 constellations, and also counts among the 88 modern constellations. ... Corona Borealis (Latin for northern crown) is a small northern constellation whose main stars form a semicircular arc. ... Corvus (Latin for Raven/Crow) is a small southern constellation with only 11 stars visible to the naked eye (brighter than magnitude 5. ... Crater (Latin for cup) is one of the 88 modern constellations and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy. ... For other meanings of the word Cygnus, see Cygnus (disambiguation) Cygnus (from the Latin for swan) is a northern constellation. ... Delphinus, being Latin for Dolphin, is a rather small (ranked 69th) northern constellation very close to the celestial equator. ... Draco (Latin for Dragon) is a far northern constellation that is circumpolar for many northern hemisphere observers. ... Equuleus (Latin for horse-let (i. ... Eridanus is the sixth largest of the 88 modern constellations. ... In mythology, the Gemini are Castor and Polydeuces. ... Hercules is the fifth largest of the 88 modern constellations. ... Hydra is the largest of the 88 modern constellations, and was also one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy. ... Leo (Latin for lion, symbol , Unicode ♌) is a constellation of the zodiac. ... Lepus (Latin for Hare) is a constellation, lying just south of Orion, and possibly representing a hare being chased by him. ... Libra (, and Latin for balance) is a constellation of the zodiac. ... Lupus (Latin for Wolf) is a southern constellation. ... For other uses, see Lyra (disambiguation). ... Ophiuchus is one of the 88 constellations, and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy. ... Orion, a constellation often referred to as The Hunter, is a prominent constellation, perhaps the best-known and most conspicuous in the sky. ... Pegasus is a northern constellation, named after the mythological Pegasus. ... Pisces (, Latin for fish (plural)) is a zodiac constellation which lies between Aquarius to the west and Aries to the east. ... Piscis Austrinus or Piscis Australis (both of which are Latin for Southern Fish) was one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy, and is also one of the 88 modern constellations. ... Sagitta, being Latin for Arrow, is the third-smallest of all constellations (only Equuleus and Crux are smaller). ... Sagittarius (, and Latin for Archer) is a constellation of the zodiac, commonly depicted as a centaur drawing a bow. ... Scorpius (, and Latin for scorpion) is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... Serpens (the snake) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy. ... For other uses of the word Taurus see Taurus. ... Triangulum is a small northern constellation whose three brightest stars, of third and fourth magnitude, form an elongated triangle. ... Ursa Major (Ursa Maior in Latin) is a constellation visible throughout the year in the northern hemisphere. ... Ursa Minor is a constellation in the northern sky, the name of which means Small Bear in Latin. ... See VIRGO (physics) for a French-Italian project in physics. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Andromeda is a constellation named for the princess Andromeda (which is Greek for Ruler over men), a character in Greek mythology. ... The constellation Antlia (Latin for pump) is a relatively new constellation as it was only created in the 18th century, being too faint to be acknowledged by the ancient Greeks. ... Apus (Latin for bird of paradise) is a faint southern constellation, not visible to the ancient Greeks. ... For other uses, see Aquarius (disambiguation). ... Aquila (Latin for Eagle), is one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy and is now also part of the list of 88 constellations acknowledged by the IAU. It lies roughly at the celestial equator. ... Ara (Latin for Altar) is a faint southerly constellation between the constellations Centaurus and Lupus. ... Aries (, Latin for Ram) is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... Auriga (Latin for charioteer) is a northern constellation. ... Boötes, a name deriving from Egypt, is one of the 88 modern constellations and was also one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy. ... Caelum (Latin for chisel, and similar to Latin for of the Sky) is a minor southern constellation introduced by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille. ... Camelopardalis, Latin for giraffe, is the name of a large but faint northern constellation first recorded by Jakob Bartsch in 1624, but probably created earlier by Petrus Plancius. ... In astronomy and astrology, Cancer (Latin for crab, symbol , Unicode ♋) is one of the twelve constellations of the zodiac. ... Canes Venatici (Latin for Hunting dogs) is a small northern constellation that was introduced by Johannes Hevelius in the 17th century. ... Canis Major (Latin for the greater dog) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also in Ptolemys list of 48 constellations. ... Canis Minor (Latin for little dog) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also in Ptolemys list of 48 constellations. ... Capricornus ( or , Unicode: ♑), a name meaning Horned Goat or That which has horns like a goats in Latin, is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... Cheese wizz rulz hardcore. ... Cassiopeia is a northern constellation which Greek mythology considered to represent a vain queen. ... Centaurus (Latin for centaur) was one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy, and counts also among the 88 modern constellations. ... Cepheus is a northern constellation named after King Cepheus in Greek mythology, and is considered to represent a king. ... Cetus (a name from Greek mythology, referring to a Whale or Sea monster, see Ceto) is a constellation of the southern sky, in the region known as the Water, near other watery constellations like Aquarius, Pisces, and Eridanus. ... For other uses of the word, see chameleon (disambiguation) Chamaeleon (Latin for chameleon) is a minor southern constellation. ... Circinus, Latin for Compass, is one of the small southern (declination −50 to −60 degrees) constellations. ... Columba, Latin for dove, is a small constellation just south to Canis Major and Lepus, it was cut out of the constellation Canis Major by Augustin Royer, in 1679. ... Coma Berenices (Latin for Berenices Hair) is a traditional asterism that has since become a constellation. ... Corona Australis or Corona Austrina (Latin for Southern Crown) was one of Ptolemys 48 constellations, and also counts among the 88 modern constellations. ... Corona Borealis (Latin for northern crown) is a small northern constellation whose main stars form a semicircular arc. ... Corvus (Latin for Raven/Crow) is a small southern constellation with only 11 stars visible to the naked eye (brighter than magnitude 5. ... Crater (Latin for cup) is one of the 88 modern constellations and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy. ... CRUX is a lightweight, i686-optimized Linux distribution targeted at experienced Linux users. ... For other meanings of the word Cygnus, see Cygnus (disambiguation) Cygnus (from the Latin for swan) is a northern constellation. ... Delphinus, being Latin for Dolphin, is a rather small (ranked 69th) northern constellation very close to the celestial equator. ... Other uses: dorado is used in the fisheries of some Latin American countries to denote the edible fish mahi-mahi (Coryphaena hippurus Dorado is also the name of mythical Latin American warriors. ... Draco (Latin for Dragon) is a far northern constellation that is circumpolar for many northern hemisphere observers. ... Equuleus (Latin for horse-let (i. ... Eridanus is the sixth largest of the 88 modern constellations. ... Fornax (Latin for furnace) is a southern constellation which was first introduced by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille under the name Fornax Chemica (Latin for chemical furnace). ... In mythology, the Gemini are Castor and Polydeuces. ... Grus (Latin for Crane) is a southern constellation. ... Hercules is the fifth largest of the 88 modern constellations. ... Horologium (Latin for clock) is one of the lesser southern constellations (declination around -60 degrees). ... Hydra is the largest of the 88 modern constellations, and was also one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy. ... Hydrus (Latin for Hydra, also referred to as male Hydra or little Hydra) is a minor southern constellation. ... Indus is a southern constellation that is supposed to represent an American Indian. ... Lacerta, being Latin for Lizard, is one of the 88 official constellations acknowledged by the International Astronomical Union. ... Leo (Latin for lion, symbol , Unicode ♌) is a constellation of the zodiac. ... Leo Minor (Latin for Small Lion) is a rather dim constellation that can barely be recognized as a triangle and lies between the easily discerned constellations Ursa Major and Leo. ... Lepus (Latin for Hare) is a constellation, lying just south of Orion, and possibly representing a hare being chased by him. ... Libra (, and Latin for balance) is a constellation of the zodiac. ... Lupus (Latin for Wolf) is a southern constellation. ... Lynx is a constellation of the northern hemisphere, introduced in the 17th century by Johannes Hevelius. ... For other uses, see Lyra (disambiguation). ... Mensa (Latin for Table) is a southern constellation which was first introduced by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille under the name Mons Mensae (Latin for table mountain). ... Categories: Astronomy stubs | Modern constellations | Constellations ... Monoceros (Latin for Unicorn) is a faint constellation on the winter night sky, surrounded by Orion to the west, Gemini to the north, Canis Major to the south and Hydra to the east. ... Musca (Latin for Fly) is one of the minor southern constellations. ... Norma (Latin for Normal, i. ... Octans (Latin for octant) is an inconspicuous constellation introduced by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille. ... Ophiuchus is one of the 88 constellations, and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy. ... Orion, a constellation often referred to as The Hunter, is a prominent constellation, perhaps the best-known and most conspicuous in the sky. ... Pavo, being Latin for Peacock, is a southern constellation. ... Pegasus is a northern constellation, named after the mythological Pegasus. ... Categories: Astronomy stubs | Modern constellations | Constellations ... Pictor, being Latin for easel, is one of the minor southern (declination -50 to -60) constellations. ... Pisces (, Latin for fish (plural)) is a zodiac constellation which lies between Aquarius to the west and Aries to the east. ... Piscis Austrinus or Piscis Australis (both of which are Latin for Southern Fish) was one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy, and is also one of the 88 modern constellations. ... Puppis (Latin for poop deck) is a southern constellation. ... Categories: Astronomy stubs | Modern constellations | Constellations | Pyxis constellation | Argo Navis constellation ... Reticulum (Latin for reticle), is one of the minor southern (declination -60 degrees) constellations. ... Sagitta, being Latin for Arrow, is the third-smallest of all constellations (only Equuleus and Crux are smaller). ... Sagittarius (, and Latin for Archer) is a constellation of the zodiac, commonly depicted as a centaur drawing a bow. ... Scorpius (Latin for scorpion, symbol , Unicode ♏) is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... Categories: Astronomy stubs | Modern constellations | Constellations | Sculptor constellation ... Scutum (Latin for shield) is a small constellation. ... Serpens (the snake) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy. ... For the Ancient Roman coin denomination, see sextans (coin). ... For other uses of the word Taurus see Taurus. ... Telescopium (Latin for Telescope) is a minor southern constellation identified and named by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille, the 18th century French astronomer, a student of the southern skies. ... Triangulum is a small northern constellation whose three brightest stars, of third and fourth magnitude, form an elongated triangle. ... Triangulum Australe is a small southern constellation whose three brightest stars, of second and third magnitude, form an approximately equilateral triangle. ... Tucana (Latin for Toucan) is a southern constellation. ... Ursa Major (Ursa Maior in Latin) is a constellation visible throughout the year in the northern hemisphere. ... Ursa Minor is a constellation in the northern sky, the name of which means Small Bear in Latin. ... Vela (Latin for sails) is a southern constellation, one of the four parts into which Argo Navis was split (the others being; Carina (constellation), Puppis and Pyxis. ... See VIRGO (physics) for a French-Italian project in physics. ... Categories: Astronomy stubs | Modern constellations | Constellations | Volans constellation ... Vulpecula, being Latin for Fox, is a faint northern constellation located in the middle of the Summer Triangle, an asterism consisting of the bright stars Deneb, Vega and Altair. ...

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Chandra :: Photo Album :: Constellation Perseus (490 words)
Perseus' grandfather, Acrisius, the king of Argos, was warned by an oracle that he would be killed by his grandson.
Perseus flew to the Gorgon's den with his winged sandals, and, using the shield as a mirror, cut off Medusa's head.
Although Perseus was placed in the sky near Andromdea, the constellation is usually depicted showing him holding Medusa's head, with the bright star Algol marking her eye.
Perseus (astronomy) - MSN Encarta (161 words)
Perseus (astronomy), constellation in the northern hemisphere of the celestial sphere.
Perseus is near the constellations Cassiopeia, Andromeda, Aries, and Taurus.
Perseus is visible throughout all of the northern hemisphere and the northern two-thirds of the southern hemisphere.
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