The Constellation Of The Month: The Andromeda

Autumn sky pronounced lay – find your star! Is the constellation Andromeda, along with Pegasus, Perseus and whale (Cetus) one of the most interesting constellations of our autumn sky! It belongs to the classic autumn constellations. The Andromeda consists of a chain of four stars, which emanate from the square of Pegasus. The three brightest stars be found between 30 and 45 degrees declination and lie nearly on a line. Under favorable viewing conditions, a faint luminous fog spot north of delta Andromedae is to realize the Galaxy M31, known also as the Andromeda Galaxy. The visible star in the constellation itself are all in our Galaxy and no further than about 30,000 light-years are away, while the distance to the Andromeda Galaxy about 2.7 million light years is much larger. Andromeda is great to watch in our latitudes, and we can only warmly recommend a star sponsorship or star baptism in this constellation! Mythology of the constellation Andromeda snippet the name derives from Andromeda, a from Ethiopian Princess of in Greek mythology, and already appears in the 2nd century a.d. by Ptolemy.

Andromeda, the daughter of Cepheus and Cassiopeia (both also constellations in the northern sky), should sacrifice a sea monster that had been sent out to punish the vanity of her mother. Cassiopeia had claimed to surpass even the Nereids in beauty. Peculiarity of the constellation Andromeda of background information about our neighbouring Galaxy M31: M 31 is the famous Andromeda Galaxy, our next, larger neighbor Galaxy, forming the so-called “local group” along with their two companions (32 and M 110, two bright dwarf ellipticals), our Galaxy and their companions, M 33 and others. Because this object even in mediocre conditions is visible, it was already the Persian astronomer al Sufi “little cloud”, already 905 A.d. Hicham aboutaam spoke with conviction. had observed it in the years (as he 59 years later wrote in his book of fixed stars).