Track down the original Cepheid variable
The first known Cepheid variable star lies in the southeastern corner of Cepheus the King. Here's how to find it.
July 27, 2009
|The Andromeda Galaxy (M31) lies nearly 3 million light-years from Earth, while the Virgo cluster of galaxies extends 50 million light-years into the "local" universe. Have you ever wondered how astronomers measure such vast distances? The answer lies in the autumn sky with the extraordinary star Delta (δ) Cephei, which at first glance appears unassuming.|
You are currently not logged in. This article is only available to Astronomy magazine subscribers.
Already a subscriber to Astronomy magazine?
If you are already a subscriber to Astronomy magazine you must log into your account to view this article. If you do not have an account you will
need to regsiter for one. Registration is FREE and only takes a couple minutes.
Non-subscribers, Subscribe TODAY and save!
Get instant access to subscriber content on Astronomy.com!
- Access our interactive Atlas of the Stars
- Get full access to StarDome PLUS
- Columnist articles
- Search and view our equipment review archive
- Receive full access to our Ask Astro answers
- BONUS web extras not included in the magazine
- Much more!