Cepheus Constellation | Constellations In The Northern Hemisphere
CEPHEUS CONSTELLATION – In this topic, we are going to know and learn about the constellation Cepheus, the King.
It is a constellation in the northern sky. It is named after the mythical King Cepheus of Aethiopia, who is the husband of Cassiopeia and father of Andromeda.
The king was placed by Zeus in the sky after his tragic death because he was descended from the nymph Io. His wife, Cassiopeia was a very vain woman, who boasted that she was more beautiful than the Nereids, which angered the nymphs and Poseidon, who sent a sea monster.
Cepheus is home to VV Cephei and the Garnet Star, NGC 7538, Caldwell 1, the Wizard Nebula, the Iris Nebula, and the Fireworks Galaxy, among others.
It is the 27th largest constellation which occupies an area of 588 square degrees. It lies in NQ4, the fourth quadrant of the northern hemisphere.
It belongs to the Perseus family along with Andromeda, Auriga, Cassiopeia, Cetus, Lacerta, Pegasus, Perseus, and Triangulum.
Among the stars include:
- Delta Cephei
- Eta Cephei
- Kruger 60
- V381 Cephei
- VV Cephei
- Zeta Cephei