samedi 6 septembre 2008

Cepheus 1

Cepheus is a northern constellation named after Cepheus, King of Aethiopia in Greek mythology, and is considered to represent a king. It is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy.

When including fainter stars, visible to the naked eye, Cepheus appears 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.

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