And - Andromeda the Princess of Ethiopia

  • And - Andromeda the Princess of Ethiopia

    Size

    19 of 88

    Regions

    Intro and Visual description

    Andromeda contains one corner of the Great Square of Pegasus (the star Alpheratz). Andromeda’s dress flows outward from the corner along three pairs of stars, with each pair slightly farther apart than the previous pair. Perhaps she is petting Pegasus, who bore the hero Perseus across the ocean on his mighty wings to save her from the sea monster Cetus.

    Asterisms

    Baseball diamond (with Pegasus)
    Great Square
    Frederick’s Glory (Honores Friderici)

    Special Stars

  • Cas - Cassiopeia the Queen of Ethiopia

    Size

    25 of 88

    Intro and Visual description

    Trace an imaginary line from the Big Bear’s pointers on past Polaris. At an equal distance on the opposite side from the Big Dipper is Cassiopeia (KASS-ee-oh-PAY-uh), an ancient Queen of Ethiopia.

    As she sits on her W-shaped throne she circles round and round the pole. Like the Big Dipper, Cassiopeia is circumpolar and therefore visible no matter what the season or time of night. In the fall Cassiopeia is in the shape of a W and in the Spring she is in the shape of a M.

    Cassiopeia is included in the ancient star catalogs of Eudoxos of Knidos, Aratos of Soli, and Ptolemy.

  • Lac - Lacerta the Lizard

    IAU Constellation

    Size

    68 of 88

    Regions

    Intro and Visual description

    Between Cepheus and Pegasus; no bright stars, but in Milky Way.

    One of the seven constellations created by the Polish astronomers Elisabeth and Johannes Hevelius, in 1687 / 1690.

     

  • Peg - Pegasus the Flying Horse

    Size

    7 of 88

    Regions

    Intro and Visual description

    Farther along on the line from the Pointers to Polaris and Cassiopeia is a large, nearly perfect square of four stars. This is the Great Square of Pegasus. Pegasus, the Winged Horse, lies almost directly overhead in autumn. Located east of Andromeda; signals the coming of Fall. Because Pegasus flies so fast, his hind quarters can’t be seen.

    Pegasus is included in the ancient star catalogs of Eudoxos of Knidos, Aratos of Soli, and Ptolemy.

     

     

    Skylore and Literature:  See Andromeda and Perseus.

  • Per - Perseus the Hero

    IAU Constellation

    Size

    24 of 88

    Regions

    Intro and Visual description

    Resembles a backward lambda. Located in the Milky Way, between Andromeda/Cassiopeia and Auriga/Taurus. Perseus contains no first-magnitude star, but a pair of beautiful binocular star clusters, known as the Double Cluster. Look for the Perseid meteor shower on August 12.

    Usually depicted carrying the detached head of the demon-woman Medusa, or Gorgon, who grew snakes for hair. Perseus married Andromeda after saving her from Cetus with the aid of Pegasus (see Andromeda).

  • Psc - Pisces the Fishes

    IAU Constellation

    Size

    14 of 88

    Intro and Visual description

    South of Pegasus and Andromeda, near Aquarius. Pisces represents two fish tied together by two cords:

    • The western fish, a pentagon of stars just south of Pegasus, is an asterism known as the circlet.
    • The other fish lies on the opposite side of Pegasus, just under Andromeda.

    The brightest star, alpha-Piscium, is known as El-Rischa or the "knot" because it ties the two cords together with the two fish on the opposite ends. Alpha-Piscium lies nestled up next to Mira, a bright variable star of the constellation Cetus the Whale.

  • Tri - Triangulum the Triangle

    Size

    78 of 88

    Regions

    Intro and Visual description

    Five stars appear in a triangle.

    Represented Sicily to the Romans, and a three-stringed shalish (musical instrument) to the Hebrews.

     

    Origin and History

    Triangulum is included in the ancient star catalogs of Eudoxos of Knidos, Aratos of Soli, and Ptolemy.
    The Oklahoma copy of Bayer (1661) has plate W showing Triangulum bound out of order as plate UU.

     

    Galaxies

    M33, Pinwheel Galaxy (Spiral galaxy), mag. 5.8.