Published: Oct. 1, 2022

Graphic from Stellarium showing the constellation of Perseus above the Northeastern horizon with the star Algol notatedAlgol is known as the demon star!

A fascinating variable in Perseus that looks like a single magnitude 2.1 star to the unaided eye, but is actually a 3-star system. It dips to mag 3.4 every 2.8 days when 1 of the stars partially eclipses the other. The main binary pair is only separated by 0.062 AU or 5.7 million miles.

Observe this haunting star in October! 

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