Algol, spiral galaxy M77, and the Heart Nebula (IC 1805)

December 6–13, 2012: Algol in Perseus is an excellent target for naked-eye and binocular observers, spiral galaxy M77 in Cetus offers small-telescope owners nice views, and large-telescope owners can seek out the Heart Nebula (IC 1805) in Cassiopeia.
By | Published: December 6, 2012 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
The relatively bright spiral galaxy M77 lies only 0.9° east-southeast of magnitude 4.1 Delta (δ) Ceti. Astronomy: Roen Kelly

Each week, Astronomy magazine Senior Editor Michael E. Bakich, a
master at explaining how to observe, posts a podcast about three or more
objects or events you can see in the sky.

Targets for December 6–13, 2012

Naked eye: The variable star Algol
Small telescope: Spiral galaxy M77
Large telescope: The Heart Nebula (IC 1805)