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.
Cepheus is a northern constellation named after King Cepheus in Greek mythology, and is considered to represent a king.
When including fainter stars, visible to the naked eye, Cepheus appears as a man with a crown (upside down with respect to the ecliptic). Together with other constellations nearby (Andromeda, Perseus, Cassiopeia, and possibly Pegasus), and the constellation Cetus below Cepheus, this may be the source of the myth of the Boast of Cassiopeia, with which it is usually identified.
γ Cephei is a binary star approximately 50 light years away from Earth. The system consists of an orange star and a red dwarf. Due to the precession of the equinoxes, γ Cephei will be the pole star between 3000 and 5200 A.D., with the closest approach to the north celestial pole around 4000 A.D.
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