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Latin: Cassiopeia (Cas)
English: Cassiopeia Spanish: Casiopea
German: Kassiopeia French: Cassiopée
Cassiopeia is as big "W" in the sky a well known and easy to find constellation (see lines). In mid of November it culminates at about 21:00 local time (9:00 pm). With its very northern declination of +46 to +87 degrees it is circumpolar for most northern hemisphere observers. I.e. it never sinks below the horizon and can be seen all the year.

Cassiopeia is positioned directly in the Milky Way. A lot of galactic emission nebulae and open star clusters can be seen there (see deep sky objects). The visually brightest star is Shedir with 2.2 mag. In the "W" it is the second star from the right.

© all photographs taken by Till Credner and Sven Kohle