NAME: Cepheus (SEE-fee-us)
CULMINATION: midnight, 29 September
GENITIVE: Cephei (SEE-fee-ee)
NEIGHBORS: Cam, Cas, Cyg, Dra, Lac, UMi
BINOCULAR OBJECTS: NGC 7160, NGC 7235
URBAN OBJECTS: NGC 7160, 27-delta (STFA 58)
Cepheus is a relatively dim circumpolar constellation of medium size, ranking 27th among the 88 constellations. It covers 588 square degrees of sky, or about 1.4%. Despite the fact that its brightest star is only magnitude 2.5, Cepheus is easy to recognize because its five brightest stars form a shape that resembles an ice cream cone or a child's drawing of a house.
Cepheus is an ancient constellation that represents King Cepheus of Æthiopia, the husband of Cassiopeia and the father ...