Gamma Cassiopeiae

Gamma Cassiopeiae (γ Cas, γ Cassiopeiae) is the Bayer designation for a star in the northern circumpolar constellation of Cassiopeia. Although it is a fairly bright star with an apparent visual magnitude of 2.47, it has no traditional Arabic or Latin name. However, in Chinese, it has the name Tsih, derived from the word 策 (), meaning "the whip". It is located at the center of the distinctive "W" shape that forms the constellation's asterism. American astronaut Virgil Ivan "Gus" Grissom nicknamed the star Navi after his own middle name spelled backwards. The star was used as an easily identifiable navigational reference point during space missions. Based upon parallax measurements made by the Hipparcos satellite, this star is located at a distance of roughly 550 light-years (170 parsecs) from Earth.

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Cassiopeia (constellation) - In Non-Western Astronomy
... when seen along with Alpha and Beta Cassiopeiae, they formed the great chariot Wang-Liang ... The charioteer's whip was represented by Gamma Cassiopeiae, sometimes called "Tsih", the Chinese word for "whip" ... of Lambda, Kappa, Iota, and Phi Andromedae its hump was Beta Cassiopeiae its body was the rest of Cassiopeia, and the legs were composed of stars in Perseus and Andromeda ...
Gamma Cassiopeiae - Companions
... Gamma Cassiopeiae is a spectroscopic binary with an orbital period of about 204 days and an eccentricity alternately reported as 0.26 and "near zero." The mass of the ... Gamma Cassiopeiae is an optical double, with a faint magnitude 11 companion B about 2 arc seconds distant, with the designation of ADS782AB, and a further, fainter, optical companion C ...