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Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders by Barbara Fritchman Thompson, Robert Bruce Thompson

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13Cepheus, The King

NAME: Cepheus (SEE-fee-us)

SEASON: Autumn

CULMINATION: midnight, 29 September

ABBREVIATION: Cep

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 ...

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