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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.

Cassiopeia

The Seated Queen

Queen of Ethiopia and Andromeda's Mother. It is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy.

Cassiopeia

Cassiopeia Mythology

In Greek mythology Cassiopeia was a vain queen who boasted about her unrivaled beauty.

Further Information

Five of the stars of Cassiopeia form a W/S/M shape (depending on its position in the sky), which is one of the most distinctive patterns in the northern sky. Since it is close to the north celestial pole, it remains in the sky all night long in most northern countries.

Cassiopeia Photographs

 

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