English Name: The Whales
Hemisphere: Northern / Southern Hemisphere (Underlined means the more area in square feet in Southern Hemisphere.)
Location: Between the constellations of Eridanus and Pisces.
Visible between latitudes: +70 and -90 degrees
Best season: Late Autumn/ Early Winter
Seen in three seasons: Summer, Autumn & Winter
Best seen in: November
Seen between: September and January
Right Ascension (RA): 02 hour
Declination (DEC): -10 degrees
Area (square degrees): 1,231 (4th)
Cetus (The Whale)
- Large constellation, crossed the Celestial Equator.
- The most famous star known as Mira the Wonderful, is a binary star, consisting of the red giant Mira A along with Mira B. (See photo.) At its brightest, it can reach magnitude +3.0, but it drops to magnitude +10.0 at its minimum.
- M77 – Spiral Galaxy; seen face-on from Earth. A telescope shows M77 as a small, round patch.
Features of Interest
- NGC 246 – also known as The Cetus Ring or caldwell 56 (C56), is a planetary Nebula with magnitude +8.0.
- IC 1613 – Irregular dwarf galaxy in Cetus near the Star 26 ceti.
- Menkar (Alpha Cet)
- Diphda (Beta Cet)
- Kaffaljidhma (Gamma Cet)
- Baten Kaitos (Zeta Cet)
- Dheneb (Eta Cet)
- Deneb Kaitos Shemali (Iota Cet)
- Menkar (Lambda Cet)
- Mira (Omicron Cet)
- Photo of the constellation; Cetus, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart – Cetus
- List of stars in Cetus.
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