CASSIOPEIA

The W-shape of Cassiopeia, upside-down as seen when it is near the zenith, is centered in the photograph; north is down and a bit left. From left to right are Caph (Beta), Shedar (Alpha), Gamma Cas, Ruchbah (Delta), and Segin (Epsilon). Kappa, which completes Cassiopeia's "Chair," is below Shedar. Rho and 6 Cas are respectively up and to the left and down and to the left of Caph, while Iota Cas is toward the lower right corner. Sigma is the brighter of the pair directly above Rho. Toward upper right is a pair that together are known as Marfak, the left one Mu Cas, the right one Theta. Phi is on the line between Ruchbah and the Marfaks. Zeta Cas is the brightest star just above Shedar, while Lambda is down and to the left of Zeta. The hypergiant HR 8752 is at far left center. To the left of Iota is a gentle curve of stars made, from right to left, of Omega, 43, Psi, and 31. Near far right center is the famed Double Cluster in Perseus.

To see a labelled image, push the star:

See Cassiopeia from Bayer's Uranometria of 1603.

See a deep view of Cassiopeia and the Milky Way.

See a deep view of Cassiopeia's Milky Way and points north.

See a wide-angle view of Cassiopeia and Perseus.

See a wide-angle view of Cassiopeia with Andromeda, Cepheus, Pegasus.

See Cassiopeia with Cepheus and other figures in a wide-angle view of the northern sky.

By Jim Kaler. Return to STARS.