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Perseus (constellation)

Meaning in EnglishPerseus
Right ascension3 h
Visible to latitudeBetween +90° and -35°
On meridianDecember
 - Total
Ranked 24th
615 sq. deg.
Number of stars with
apparent magnitude < 3
Brightest star
 - Apparent magnitude
Mirphak (α Persei)
Meteor showers
Bordering constellations

Perseus is a northern constellation, representing 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.

Table of contents
1 Notable features
2 Notable deep sky objects
3 Mythology
4 External Links

Notable features

Here are some of its stars:

Notable deep sky objects


Perseus is the protagonist of one of the most famous of the ancient Greeks' many interesting myths. This story also concerns several other constellations, namely
Cassiopeia, Cepheus and Andromeda.

Perseus was the son of mortal Danae and the god Zeus. He went on a quest to obtain the head of the gorgon Medusa as a wedding present for Dictys, the brother of king Polydectes of Seriphos (the quest was actually only a ruse on Dictys' side). With a bit of help of the gods Hermes and Athena he finally managed to kill the gorgon and take her head. On the way back he rescued Andromeda (daughter of Cepheus and Cassiopeia, king and queen of Ethiopia) from a sea-monster. For more details on this myth see Perseus (mythology).

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