Athena Preparatory

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The Constellations Of Fall

Fall is the perfect season for stargazing, and the Andromeda and Pegasus constellations are two of the most fascinating to observe. Pegasus, also known as “The Great Square,” can be seen at the zenith of the night sky during autumn. Andromeda is directly attached to one of the points of Pegasus’s square, and is renowned for M31, the closest spiral galaxy to the Milky Way. Perseus is another constellation that follows Cassiopeia across the sky, and is best seen in the northeastern autumn skies. Algol, a variable binary star, represents the Gorgon’s head, immortalizing Perseus’s triumph over Medusa. Finally, Auriga is located near Perseus and is home to several star clusters, including M36, M37, and M38. According to Greek Mythology, Auriga was the lame son of Hephaestus who tamed four horses and built a chariot to carry himself around. The gods placed him in the stars on his chariot to reward his cleverness.