Achird (Eta Cassiopeiae) Double Star
Achird -- The Queen's Gem Stones
Achird (Eta Cassiopeiae) is a stunning double star in the constellation Cassiopeia. Cassiopeia was
the Queen of Ethiopia and I have always imagined this to be her finest  royal jewel -- a brilliant
white-yellow diamond next to a reddish ruby.  I believe that Achird is one of the most beautiful double
stars in the sky for amateur astronomers. The brighter star is very sun-like in size and color, while the
orbiting red-dwarf is half the size. The name Achird is so ancient that the meaning of the name has
been lost to history, but it's fame as a double star will keep Achird alive for as long as humans point
telescopes to the heavens.