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Date: 21:26 UT, 2nd November 2010

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Last week we emphasized in our column the northern sky constellation Cepheus the King. Mention was made of his mythological wife, Queen Cassiopeia, enshrined forever in our northern sky, right at his side. Cassiopeia has to be one of the most easily recognized and well-known star groups in the sky. The Big Dipper is likely first, and in second place is maybe Orion or Cassiopeia.
The five most prominent stars of Cassiopeia are wonderfully placed like a prominent letter "W" or "M," depending on its orientation when you are looking. As Cassiopeia makes its daily spin about the North Celestial pole - the point right by the North Star around which the whole shebang over our heads seems to revolve - the "M" becomes a "W" 12 hours later, and vice-versa. Of course at certain positions the "M" or "W" seems to be standing on one side.

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Triangulum, Casseopia, and Andromeda

Last night the sky was clear so Logan and I pulled out the starmap and flashlight and did some observing from the backyard. Recently I've been focusing on the Southwestern horizon simply because of the lack of line of sight obstructions, but decided to check out the Northeast sky. I'm really glad I did! Here are the most interesting objects we observed last night.
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-- Edited by Blobrana at 07:01, 2007-12-14

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