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- proper n. Alpha Persei, a yellow supergiant star in the constellation of Perseus.
It's path of maximal brightness carried it through the constellation of Perseus, crossing in front of two of that constellation's stars in particular - Mirfak, and Algol.
Of special significance for me is the star Mirfak, the elbow of Perseus's sword arm.
The recent outburst of Comet 17P Holmes was shown in English crop pictures two years ago: both its stellar location in Perseus on October 25, 2007, and its conjunction with Mirfak on November
The next bright star, located along the same line, Marfak (sometimes spelled Mirfak), is the brightest star of Perseus.
The post — which is indeed pretty funny — includes this classic passage: “… There were two stars that were highlighted by the comet’s passage, Mirfak, and Algol.
"If you have to get to, say, Mirfak, in 2 standard days, you can, now.