Latest Cepheus Stories
On the heels of our two recent(ish) articles, Stars you can only see in the Northern Hemisphere and Stars you can only see in the Southern Hemisphere, we are a little constellation crazy right now. Add to the fact that, with it being Memorial Day weekend, peak stargazing season is here. So in the spirit of stars and galaxies and all things great, we have created our Essential Stargazing Playlist.
Our friends in the Southern Hemisphere can’t see some of our beloved constellations, just like we can’t see some of theirs. Here is a list of hemispheric-specific constellations for your reading/viewing pleasure.
Watching starbirth isn’t easy: tens of millions of years are needed to form a star like our Sun. Much like archeologists who reconstruct ancient cities from shards of debris strewn over time, astronomers must reconstruct the birth process of stars indirectly, by observing stars in different stages of the process and inferring the changes that take place.
Using ESO's Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) at Cerro Paranal, Chile, and the CHARA Interferometer at Mount Wilson, California, a team of French and North American astronomers has discovered envelopes around three Cepheids, including the Pole star.
Cassiopeia Constellation -- Cassiopeia is a northern constellation representing the legendary queen of Ethiopia Cassiopeia, who was the wife of Cepheus and the mother of Andromeda. It is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy. Notable features Five of the stars of Cassiopeia form a W shape, which is one of the most distinctive patterns in the northern sky. Since it is close to the north celestial pole, it remains in the sky all night long in...
- A hairdresser.