n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Sky delights : Perseus the young man

Volume 77 Number 3-4
  • ISSN : 0024-8266


His name is Perseus and in ancient times was known as a champion for various reasons. One of the images of him is that of a young man wearing a piece of cloth around his body, perhaps showing off and wanting to impress the Pleiades women towards the south. Perseus is one of the largest constellations between Andromeda and Auriga with Taurus towards the south. This stellar young man has quite a variety of open clusters to offer, with a very intriguing star in among them. Although the constellation is very low on the northern horizon it is not easy for southern observers to observe deep-sky objects within its boundaries.

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