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November Constellations

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The six November constellations contain such popular groups as Andromeda, the Princess of Ethiopia, Cassiopeia, Queen of Ethiopia, and Pisces, the fish. Andromeda is the home of the Andromeda Galaxy. This spiral galaxy is the largest and brightest galaxy in the night sky. It is also one of the closest galaxies to our own Milky Way. Astronomers believe that our galaxy is very similar in shape and structure to the Andromeda galaxy. Cassiopeia contains two notable open star clusters and a beautiful, face-on spiral galaxy can be found nestled within the constellation of Pisces. The remaining constellations of November contain only faint stars.

Andromeda | Cassiopeia | Phoenix | Pisces | Sculptor | Tucana

  Andromeda Princess of Ethiopia  

Pronunciation:  (an-DROM-ih-duh) 
Abbreviation:  And   Genitive:  Andromedae
Right Ascension:  0.54 hours   Declination:  38.54 degrees
Area in Square Degrees: 
722
Crosses Meridian:  9 PM, November 10

Andromeda is visible in the northern hemisphere from August though January. It can be seen and in the southern hemisphere in November. It represents the daughter of Cepheus and Cassiopeia, the king and queen of Ethiopia. Andromeda was chained to a rock as a sacrifice to the sea monster Cetus. She was saved by Perseus when he turned Cetus to stone by using the dismembered head of the Medusa. 

Points of Interest in Andromeda
Diagram of the constellation Andromeda Object Name Type/Translation V Mag
1 M31 Spiral Galaxy *
2 M32 Elliptical Galaxy *
3 M33 Elliptical Galaxy *
4 Alpheratz Navel of the Steed 2.06
5 Mirach The Lions 2.06
6 Almaak Earthkid 2.26
7 Adhil * 4.88
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  Cassiopeia Queen of Ethiopia  

Pronunciation:  (KAS-ee-oh-PEE-yuh) 
Abbreviation:  Cas   Genitive:  Cassiopeiae
Right Ascension:  1.01 hours   Declination:  62.2 degrees
Area in Square Degrees: 
598
Crosses Meridian:  9 PM, November 20

Cassiopeia, the Queen, can be seen in the northern hemisphere all year long. Cassiopeia was the wife of Cepheus and mother of Andromeda. She is represented chained to her throne in the heavens as punishment for her boast of being more beautiful than all the Nereids. As the rotate, she can sometimes be seen suffering as she hangs upside down.

Points of Interest in Cassiopeia
Diagram of the constellation Cassiopeia Object Name Type/Translation V Mag
1 M103 Open Star Cluster *
2 M52 Open Star Cluster *
3 Shedir Breast 2.23
4 Caph Palm 2.27
5 Ruchbah Knee 2.68
6 Segin * 3.38
7 Achird * 3.44
8 Marfak * 4.33
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  Phoenix The Phoenix  

Pronunciation:  (FEE-niks) 
Abbreviation:  Phe   Genitive:  Phoenicis
Right Ascension:  0.7 hours   Declination:  -48.57 degrees
Area in Square Degrees:  469
Crosses Meridian:  9 PM, November 20

The constellation Phoenix is completely visible in latitudes south of 32 degrees north from September through November. It can be found between Grus and Eridanus. This constellation was named by Johann Bayer, and represents the mythological bird that would be consumed by fire and then emerge from the flames reborn.

Points of Interest in Phoenix
Diagram of the constellation Phoenix Object Name Type/Translation V Mag
1 Ankaa * 2.39
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  Pisces The Fishes  

Pronunciation:  (PY-seez) 
Abbreviation:  Psc   Genitive:  Piscium
Right Ascension:  0.85 hours   Declination:  11.08 degrees
Area in Square Degrees:  889
Crosses Meridian:  9 PM, November 10

Pisces is visible in the sky between October and December in the northern hemisphere. It is located just south of Pegasus. Pisces is represented as a pair of fish facing in opposite directions, connected at the tail by a common star. In ancient times, the two fish were shown swimming together.

Points of Interest in Pisces
Diagram of the constellation Pisces Object Name Type/Translation V Mag
1 M74 Spiral Galaxy 9.4
2 Alrisha Ropes 4.33
3 Fum al Samakah * 4.53
4 Torcularis Septentrionalis * 4.26
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  Sculptor The Sculptor's Workshop  

Pronunciation:  (SKULP-ter) 
Abbreviation:  Scl   Genitive:  Sculptoris
Right Ascension:  0.5 hours   Declination:  -32.35 degrees
Area in Square Degrees:  475
Crosses Meridian:  9 PM, November 10

Sculptor is completely visible in latitudes south of 50 degrees north from August through October. It is one of the more recent constellations named by Lacaille during his stay at the Cape of Good Hope between 1751 - 1752.

Points of Interest in Sculptor
Diagram of the constellation Sculptor
None.

This constellation is composed mostly 4th and 5th magnitude stars.

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  Tucana The Toucan  

Pronunciation:  (too-KAN-uh) 
Abbreviation:  Tuc   Genitive:  Tucanae
Right Ascension:  0.13 hours   Declination:  -64.96 degrees
Area in Square Degrees:  295
Crosses Meridian:  9 PM, November 5

Tucana is visible in latitudes South of 14 degrees north between August and October. It was invented by Johann Bayer and is one of three exotic birds, which are grouped around the South Pole. The other two are Pavo (the Peacock) and Apus (Bird of Paradise).

Points of Interest in Tucana
Diagram of the constellation Tucana
None.

This constellation is composed mainly of faint stars.

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