shines high in northern autumn evening skies.
The brightest spiky star in this rich and colorful Milky Way starfield,
Cas marks the central peak in the W-shaped constellation
A hot, variable, and rapidly
star about 600 light-years
distant, Gamma Cas also ionizes surrounding
including the wispy
IC 63 (left) and IC 59 emission and reflection
The two faint nebulae are physically
to Gamma Cas, separated from the star by only a few light-years.
This well-composed, wide-field
the region spans almost 2 degrees on the sky.
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