Monday, August 24, 2009


I found Cepheus in somewhat of a different way than I found the other constellations - I found the constellation first, and figured out what it was later.

That's right - my fiance and I, looking at the stars during our meteor shower watch, noted that there was a group of stars to the west of Andromeda looked like it should be something.

Cepheus's main shape is five stars shaped like a Kindergarten-style drawing of a house - square on the bottom with a triangle on top.

In mythology, Cepheus is a king, husband to Cassiopeia and father to Andromeda, who follow him in the sky as their own constellations. I'll share the story of these characters (along with Perseus, another circumpolar constellation) in the next week.

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