Perseus (The Hero)
Perseus (pronounced ˈpɜːrsiəs, -sjuːs) is the Latin name of a large constellation (in fact it extends itself for about 38 degrees across the sky) situated north of the celestial equator. As such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere.
In English language this constellation is also known as "The Hero" while in astronomical texts and literature this constellation is often abbreviated as "Per" (according to the standard of the International Astronomical Union - IAU) or as "Pers" (according to a naming convention used by NASA).
The Latin genitive of the constellation name is "Persei" (pronounced ˈpɜːrsiaɪ) and it is used to identify some of the brightest stars in this constellation based on the Bayer or Flamsteed star naming convention. For instance: α Persei (the brightest star of Perseus based on the Bayer catalog); or 23 Persei (the 23th star in the constellation of Perseus based on the Flamsteed catalog).
Sky chart of Perseus from your location
Here we provide a simplified sky chart of the Perseus constellation. Alternatively it is possible to locate Perseus in the night sky using our Online Interactive Planetarium.
Visibility of Perseus from your location
Perseus is circumpolar and transits at 10:42 UTC (altitude: 83.1°)
The rise and set times provided here are just directional indications and they refer to a point approximately placed at the center of the constellation. In case of very large constellations (like Perseus actually is) these times can have little relevance.
Top bright stars in Perseus
The table below lists the top 20 brightest stars in the Perseus constellation. See also the complete list of 161 stars brighter than magnitude 6.5 (approximate) in the constellation of Perseus. Click on each star to see more details about it.
|HR Number(*)||Star designation||Proper name||Visual magnitude||Color||Notes|
|HR1017||α Persei||Mirfak||1.79||⬤||Variable; Double;|
|HR936||β Persei||Algol||2.12||⬤||Variable; Multiple;|
|HR1203||ζ Persei||2.85||⬤||Variable; Multiple;|
|HR1220||ε Persei||2.89||⬤||Variable; Multiple;|
|HR1122||δ Persei||3.01||⬤||Variable; Double;|
|HR1135||ν Persei||3.77||⬤||Variable; Double;|
|HR941||κ Persei||Misam||3.8||⬤||Variable; Double;|
|HR1131||ο Persei||Atik||3.83||⬤||Variable; Double;|
|HR854||τ Persei||3.95||⬤||Variable; Multiple;|
|HR799||θ Persei||4.12||⬤||Variable; Multiple;|
|HR1303||μ Persei||4.14||⬤||Variable; Multiple;|
|HR840||16 Persei||4.23||⬤||Variable; Multiple;|
|...go to the complete list of 161 bright stars in the constellation of Perseus|
(*) HR stands for Harvard Revised Bright Star Catalogue, which is also known as the Yale Catalogue of Bright Stars.
Top deep sky objects in Perseus
The table below lists the 20 brightest deep sky objects in the Perseus constellation. See also the complete list of 152 deep sky objects in the constellation of Perseus. The list includes objects from the Messier, New General Catalogue (NGC) and Index Catalogue (IC).