triple star system in the constellation Perseus

Algol, also known as the Demon Star, is a bright star in the Perseus constellation. It is one of the best known double stars that can only be seen in spectroscopes, the first star of its type discovered, and one of the first variable stars to be discovered before it explodes. Algol is made of three stars (Beta Persei A, B and C) and the brightest is Persei A. These stars partly eclipse each other every 2 days, 20 hours and 49 minutes for 10 hours.[1]

This is Algol in the sky
English: Algol (β Persei) is a triple-star system (Algol A, B, and C) in the constellation Perseus. The large and bright primary Algol A is regularly eclipsed by the dimmer Algol B every 2.87 days. The pair is separated by only 0.062 astronomical units (AU) from each other, so close that Algol A is slowly stripping off Algol B's outer layers.


  1. Beta Persei, American Association of Variable Star Observers.