Mirach

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Mirach

(mÿ -rak) See Andromeda.
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The group is located 3.5[degrees] east-southeast of Beta Andromedae and just a little over 4[degrees] from M33.
It is very near to Beta Andromedae (Mirach), and with an appropriate eyepiece, just moving Mirach out of the field should make this elliptical galaxy pop into view.
Beta Andromedae is known as Mirach, and the galaxy NGC 404 has been dubbed the Ghost of Mirach.
The second brightest star in the constellation Andromeda would be designated Beta Andromedae. (Beta Andromedae lies near the center of the constellation and is also known as Mirach (which comes from an Arabic word meaning "waist" or "girdle").
The Pisces Cloud is a small group of galaxies in northern Pisces, about 3[degrees] south of Beta Andromedae and 45' west of a line connecting that star and 4.5-magnitude Tau (x) Piscium.
That's because it lies in the same field as 2nd-magnitude Beta Andromedae (Mirach).
May 31st finds McNaught, now hopefully 8th magnitude, passing 2 1/2[degrees] southeast of 2nd-magnitude Beta Andromedae. At the beginning of astronomical twilight it's a respectable 20[degrees] up as seen by observers at 40[degrees] north latitude, but the waning gibbous Moon will brighten the sky.
Seeing its pure milky white light fighting off the topaz fire of Beta Andromedae brings to mind these words from Robert Frost's poem "Revelation":
object, say the nearby star Mirach (Beta Andromedae), LiveSky returns
Andromeda owes its easy naked-eye recognition to the line of Alpheratz, Mirach (Beta Andromedae) and Almach (Gamma or [Gamma] Andromedae).
Beta Andromedae, also known as Mirach, a type M0 red giant about 75 light-years away.