Find Andromeda this Autumn
There are many of constellations in our night sky. Some are more visible during certain times of the year. Andromeda is one constellation that is easier to locate this autumn in the Northern hemisphere and it is also visible to those living in the Southern parts of the world. Check out these fun facts on this fascinating grouping of stars.
Regardless of whether you live in the northern or southern hemispheres, autumn is a good time of year to view the Andromeda constellation. In the northern hemisphere it can be seen from August to February. If you live in the southern hemisphere you can take a look at Andromeda from October to December.
Did you know? Andromeda has a Galaxy called M31.
Princess Andromeda is a mythological character from Greek legends in which this constellation is thought to represent. Both the Princess and her mother, Queen Cassiopeia, were known for their beauty. But unfortunately, as the tale goes, the Queen was also very vain. This upset the gods, so they sent a sea monster to destroy her kingdom. However, the Queen and her husband, King Cepheus, plotted a plan to chain up the Princess to a rock for an offering to the sea monster. Luckily Perseus saw her bound and freed her from her chains. He then killed the monster.Later the two were married and had nine children.
Although, Princess Andromeda does appear upside down in the night sky, there really is no reference as to why.
Did you know?
The Andromeda galaxy lies within this constellation. It is located 2.5 million light-years away from Earth and is the furthest object that can be seen with the naked eye.
Andromeda has many stars, but only three shine very brightly. These stars are; Almach, Mirach and Alpheratz.
Did you know?
The Andromeda galaxy is orbited by several smaller galaxies, some of which are visible through a telescope or binoculars.
M31 – A Galaxy
Now that you know all about the constellation of Andromeda, why not grab your binoculars or a telescope and go see it for yourself? It’s fun to explore the night sky and who knows, you may just discover something out-of-this-world!