Triangulum lies just to the north of Aries. In
antiquity its distinctive shape of three stars was called Deltoton.
Despite its small size it contains one of Messier's objects, a faint face-on
spiral galaxy (see below). Triangulum's stars
are even fainter than Aries'.
6 Trianguli [sometimes listed as iota Tri] is an
attractive binary with colour contrast, yellow and blue: 5.3, 6.9; PA
71º and separation 3.9".
R Trianguli is a long-period variable ranging from 5.4 to 12.6
every 266.9 days. In 2000 the maximum should occur around the first or
second week of December.
Deep Sky Objects:
M33 (NGC 598) is a very large but quite faint face-on spiral
galaxy sometimes known under the name "Pinwheel Galaxy" since it is
said to be slowly rotating in a clockwise motion, making a complete
turn probaby every 200 million years.
It's seventeen arc minutes west of alpha Trianguli and one degree north; or
just about midpoint between alpha Arietis and beta Andromedae (slightly
closer to the latter).
The galaxy is estimated to be from 2.5 to 3.5 million light years away.
Low power scopes, or even binoculars, work best.