Mu Cephei Deep Red Giant
|What's in a Name:
|Known as the "Garnet Star" because of its deep red color - one of the most intensely colored stars ever recorded when viewed through a telescope.
|Claim to Fame:
|Famous variable star. Its brightness is 4 times greater at its maximum than at its minimum.
|Type of Star:
|Red Giant (M2 Ia Spectral Class)
|How Far Away:
|1,550 light years away
|2536 times the solar radius. Would fill the orbit of Saturn. Could pack more than 1 billion suns into the same volume.
|38,000 times brighter than the sun. Absolute visual magnitude, Mv =-6.7
|Where to View:
Located in the constellation of Cepheus (
|When to View:
|Best viewed from the Northern hemisphere during August through January