Traveling beyond the "Red Region"
The Red Region is a great resource for red and orangish stars, but with a whole sky to scour, it's only the beginning.
July 26, 2010
Stephen James O'Meara toured the "Red Region" of the sky, first described by Irish astronomer John Birmingham as a "space of the heavens including the Milky Way, between Aquila, Lyra, and Cygnus … peculiarly favored by red and orange stars."
Herschel's Garnet Star (Mu [μ] Cephei) sits at the northern edge of emission nebula IC 1396. Mu lies 3.6° west-northwest of Zeta (ζ) Cephei.
Photo by Astronomy: Richard Talcott and Roen Kelly
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