μ Cep (the Garnet Star)
Object Type: Variable Star
RA: 21h 43m 30s
Dec: +58° 46' 48"
Recommended minimum aperture: 50mm
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To find μ Cep, place α Cephei at the NW edge of a 5° field and μ will be diametrically opposite.
What You Should See:
μ Cep is one of the reddest stars in the sky; it was named "The Garnet Star" by William Herschel. The deep orange colour of this red giant is nicely brought out in 10×50 binoculars. It has a variability of a bit under a magnitude, but is usually around 4th magnitude. It is one of the largest known stars; if it replaced the Sun, it would extend well beyond the orbit of Jupiter. It is destined to become a supernova.
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