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Andromeda Constellation

Andromeda (Pronounciation:An-drom-e-da, Abbrev:And) is a constellation, one of 88 constellations that the night sky is divided into. The sky is not divided up equally between the constellations. Andromeda takes up 722.278 sq. degrees of the night sky which equates to 1.75% of the night sky. The constellation gets its name as it name means Ethiopian Princess . The constellation is one of the original constellations that was devised by the Ancient Greco-Egyptian astronomer Ptolemy who lived between 90 A.D. and 168 A.D.

Andromeda is a northern hemispheric constellation which means it can't be seen easily or at all from the southern hemisphere. The brightest star in Andromeda is Mirach. There are 13 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) detailed on this site.

Legend of Andromeda

Andromeda was the daughter of Queen Cassiopeia and King Cepheus, rulers of the kingdom of Philistia. The kingdom is now more closely associated with Ethiopia. The Queen was so jealous of her daughter`s looks that she had her tied to a large rock. The Queen hoped the whale, Cetus, would kill her. She was saved by Perseus who then became his bride. The story is immortalised in the film `Clash of the Titans

Meteor Showers

There are 11 Meteor Showers that occur during the year within this constellation based on information gathered from Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland). The ones listed as the ones I've been able to find a date range for. For others if you have the time, you can visit the AMU site, obtains the SL value then use IMO tables to calculate the date. A lot of the Meteor Showers are weak and you need to do a lot of stargazing to spot them.

NameActivityPeak ActivityClosest Star
AndromedidsOct 26-Nov 20Nov 08Cih

Andromeda Constellation Map

Andromeda Constellation Star Map

List of Named Stars in Andromeda

StarDistanceDeclinationRight Ascension
Almach354.91+42 d 19 ` 47.502h 03m 53.92
Alpheratz97.07+29 d 05 ` 27.000h 08m 23.17
Mirach199.37+35 d 37 ` 15.001h 09m 43.80
Nembus173.86+48 d 37 ` 42.601h 37m 59.50
Titawin43.93+41 d 24 ` 23.001h 36m 47.98
Veritate249.17+39 d 14`11.023h 31m 17.20

Objects of Interest (Galaxies, Nebulas, Supernovas, etc) in Andromeda

NameTypeDistanceDeclinationRight Ascension
Andromeda GalaxySpiral Galaxy2.430-2.650+41:1600h 42m 7
Le Gentil Satellite Galaxy of M31Satiellite Galaxy of M312900+40:5200h 42m 7
M110 Satiellite Galaxy of M31Satiellite Galaxy of M312.600-2.780+41:4100h 40m 4

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