One of the most famous love stories in Greek Mythology is the story of Perseus and Andromeda. There are several constellations involved such as Cassiopeia, Cepheus, Pegasus and Cetus. Princess Andromeda was a very beautiful woman.
Storytellers explaining stars and constellations have told of heroism, hardship, and heartache of all kinds for thousands of years. For Valentines Day, let’s talk about a few love stories. Two romantic partners visible for most of the year in the northern hemisphere are Perseus and Andromeda.
What is a constellation?
A constellation is a name given to a group of stars in the sky that make up a certain pattern. Sometimes this pattern is imaginary.
Some stars in a constellation might be close while others are very far away. But, if you were to draw lines in the sky between the stars like a dot-to-dot puzzle – and use lots of imagination – the picture would look like an object, animal, or person.
Then, what constellations represent Cassiopeia and Andromeda?
The constellations representing Cassiopeia, Andromeda and Perseus (who rescued Andromeda from the sea monster) lie in the same region of the sky. Cetus constellation represents the sea monster sent by Poseidon to ravage King Cepheus’ land after his wife Cassiopeia had boasted that she was more beautiful than the Nereids.
Some sources claimed cepheus is a constellation in the northern sky, named after Cepheus, a king of Aethiopia in Greek mythology. Cepheus was one of the 48 constellations listed by the second century astronomer Ptolemy, and it remains one of the 88 constellations in the modern times.
What constellation looks like a house?
The house-shaped constellation Cepheus lies in the northern sky. Its star Gamma Cephei, or Errai, marks the peak of the roof of the house. Errai is very near Polaris, the North Star. When seasoned stargazers look for the constellation Cepheus the King, they search for a five-sided pattern of stars that resembles a child’s drawing of a house.
What are the best constellations to observe?
The Leo Constellation is a well-known constellation and a favorite of amateur astronomers. It features a number of bright stars, including Regulus. Leo the Lion stands proudly in the sky and has a fascinating story with roots in Greek mythology . You can observe Leo in both the northern and southern hemispheres.
What are the oldest constellations?
One of the oldest constellations, Ursa Major, the big bear, is widely known across many cultures and mythologies. In Greek mythology, Zeus falls in love with the nymph, Callisto.