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Perseus (constellation)


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Meaning in Englishthe Hero
Right ascension3 h
Visible to latitudeBetween 90° and -35°
On meridian9 p.m., December 25
 - Total
Ranked 24th
615 sq. deg.
Number of stars with
apparent magnitude < 3
Brightest star
 - Apparent magnitude
Mirfak[?] (α Persei)
Meteor showers
Bordering constellations

Perseus is a northern constellation, representing the legendary slayer of Medusa. It is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy. It contains the famous variable star Algol (β Per), and is also the location of the radiant of the annual Perseids meteor shower.

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