n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Sky delights : King Cepheus

Volume 77 Number 1-2
  • ISSN : 0024-8266


The constellation Cepheus, known as the King of Ethiopia, can be found suspended from the northern Milky Way, accompanied by his queen, the constellation Cassiopeia and their daughter Andromeda. The shape of the constellation strongly resembles that of a square house with a pitched roof. Cepheus is a northern constellation which borders on the polar constellation Ursa Minor. It is not visible to southern hemisphere observers, but can be seen throughout the year from northern hemisphere areas. Cepheus is a constellation that holds a few exceptional objects, some of them having been given the strangest names, like the Cave Nebula, the Bubble Nebula, the Elephant Trunk, the Guitar Nebula, the Iris Nebula, the Bow-tie Nebula, the Wizard Nebula, the Fireworks Galaxy, and then in that mix of objects also Gyulbudaghian’s Nebula.

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