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Abbreviation:  Cet
English Name:  The Whales
Genitive: Menkar
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.

Messier Objects

  • 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.

Named Stars

  • 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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