Alpha Persei

Credits: Martin Gembec

The bright star is Mirfak, also known as Alpha Persei. The age of this cluster is about 50-70 million years.

Facts about Alpha Persei by Keith Turnecliff

Alpha Persei is easily visible in binoculars and is a circumpolar star which means it is visible all year round to northern latitude observers.

This star chart represents a view from Long Itchington for mid-December at 10pm.
Credits: Image courtesy of Starry Night Pro Plus 8, researched and implemented by Keith Turnecliff.