Perseus

Algol

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Algol, Beta Persei, is a bright multiple star located in Perseus. It is the second brightest star in the constellation, after Mirfak, Alpha Persei. The star is also known as Gorgona, Gorgonea Prima, Demon Star and El Ghoul. It lies at an approximate distance of 90 light years from Earth and has an apparent magnitude that varies between 2.12 and 3.4.
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Double Cluster

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The Double Cluster, or Caldwell 14, is the name for two open clusters – NGC 869 and NGC 884 – located close together in Perseus constellation. Also known as h Persei and χ Persei (h and Chi Persei), the clusters both lie at an approximate distance of 7,600 light years from Earth and are about 12.8 million years old.
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Perseid Meteor Shower

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perseid meteor shower

The Perseid meteor shower is an annual meteor shower that occurs from July 23 to August 20. The meteor shower is associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle. It peaks around August 12-13 every year.

The Perseids are also sometimes called the “tears of St. Lawrence” because they peak near the date of the saint’s martyrdom, August 10.

The shower’s name is partly derived from the Greek Περσείδες (Perseides), a term from Greek mythology meaning “the sons of Perseus.” The meteor shower is associated with Perseus because the radiant, or the point from which the Perseids appear to come in the sky, is located in the direction of Perseus constellation. The name Perseids is pronounced /ˈpɜrsiːɨdz/.
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NGC 1277 in Perseus

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NGC 1277 is a lenticular galaxy located in Perseus constellation. It lies at a distance of about 220 million light years from Earth.

The galaxy has an apparent visual magnitude of 14.7. It is notable for having an extremely heavy supermassive black hole at its centre, one of the largest black holes ever found.
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