Queen Cassiopeia Constellation and How to Fine the Vain Woman

Not to be confused with the actual African nation of Ethiopia, the Cassiopeia constellation is named after the queen of the Ethiopian mythological land known as Cassiopeia.

Cassiopeia is the Queen Cepheus’s wife, and she is the proud mother of the stunning Princess Andromeda. Cassiopeia was born in the constellation Cassiopeia. She was an arrogant and pompous woman who thought herself to be more beautiful than the Nerieds, who were incredibly attractive sea nymphs.

Because of this, the deity of the sea, Poseidon (also known as Neptune), became enraged and ordered the sea monster Cetus to destroy the queen’s land.

It was explained to the king and queen that the only way the kingdom could be saved was through the sacrifice of their daughter Andromeda.

Andromeda was left tied on a rock close to the coast so that Cetus could ravage her, but Perseus came to her rescue just in time to prevent this from happening. Poseidon delivered Cassiopeia’s punishment by chaining her to her throne and placing her in the sky, where she spends the majority of her time hanging upside down from her seat.

Visiting The Queen’s Throne

Right Ascension: 1 hour

Declination: 60 degrees

Visible between latitudes 90 and -20 degrees

Best seen in November (at 9:00 PM)

Named Stars: SHEDIR (Alpha Cas) Caph (Beta Cas) Ruchbah (Delta Cas) Segin (Epsilon Cas) Achird (Eta Cas) Marfak (Theta Cas) Marfak (Mu Cas)

Two open clusters are visible in binoculars within the constellation.

These are M52 and M103. Both are of apparent 7th magnitude, and quite easy to view.

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