Abbreviation:  Per
English Name:  The Hero
Genitive: Mirfak
Hemisphere:  Northern Hemisphere
Location: Between the constellations of Camelopardalis and Andromeda.
Visible between latitudes:  
+90 and -35 degrees
Best season: Winter
Seen in three seasons: Autumn, Winter & Spring.
Best seen in:  December
Seen between: August and April.
Right Ascension (RA):  03 hour
Declination (DEC):  +45 degrees
Area (square degrees):  615 (24th)

Perseus (The Hero)

  • A pretty constellation that has a rich part of the Milky-Way runs through it, making it an attractive constellation for binocular users.

Messier Objects

  • M34  –  Open Cluster; this bright cluster sits in the middle of rich field of stars – interesting view through either binoculars or a telescope.

Features of Interest

Named Stars

  • Mirphak (Alpha Per)
  • Algol (Beta Per)
  • Miram (Eta Per)
  • Menkib (Xi Per)
  • Atik (Omicron Per)
  • Gorgonea Secunda (Pi Per)
  • Gorgonea Tertia (Rho Per)
  • Gorgonea Quarta (Omega Per)


  • Photo of the constellation; Perseus, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
  • Sky Chart  –  Perseus
  • List of stars in Perseus.


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