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Constellation Guide

Constellation guide to the 88 official constellations which divide up the sky. These constellations are used to help navigate the celestial sphere. The Constellations are patterns in the sky which have been to invented and have deep mythology behind them. Constellations cover massive areas in the sky and as such are very easy to find.

Some of the constellations have very familiar names, such as Leo, Gemini, Virgo and Aquarius. There are 12 of these constellations and they form the Zodiac. The Zodiac constellations follow the line of the ecliptic. The ecliptic is the apparent path of the Sun on the celestial sphere.

Andromeda

Daughter of Cassiopeia

Andromeda is a constellation named for the princess Andromeda, which is Greek for Ruler over men.

Andromeda

Andromeda Mythology

In Greek mythology Andromeda was the daughter of King Cepheus and Queen Cassiopeia of Ethiopia. She was chained to a rock and exposed to the Sea Monster, Cetus, as punishment for her mother's boast of beauty superior to that of the Nereids. Perseus, on his way back from his expedition against the Gorgon, saw her and fell in love with her and promised Cepheus he would free her if she could become his wife. Cepheus agreed and, with the aid of his miraculous weapons, Perseus killed the monster and married Andromeda.

Further Information

If fainter stars, visible to the naked eye, in the constellation are considered, then the constellation takes the form of a female stick-figure, with a prominent belt (as has the constellation Orion), where one arm has something long attached to it, giving the appearance of a female warrior holding a sword.

Andromeda Photographs

 

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