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Erakis, also known as Mu Cephei, is a carbon star located in the Cepheus constellation. The star is also known as Herschel's Garnet Star.
Erakis is a red supergiant that appears garnet red. It is visible to the naked eye and the distinctive red is noticable even with a moderate telescope. The star is a carbon star which means it is has depleted it's hydrogen in it's core and is now fusing helium into carbon.
Erakis is one of the largest visible stars. It has been described as a hypergiant. It is a popular and attractive star for visual observations.