Cetus as depicted by Johann Bayer in his Uranometria (1603). Source image provided by www.RareMaps.com — Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc.
|Cetus Constellation Profile
|Location: Celestial Equator
||Size/Area: 1231 sq. deg.
||Size Rank: 4
|On Meridian: 9pm November 30th
||Best View (North): Autumn
||Best View (South):
|Bordering Constellations: Aries, Pisces, Aquarius, Sculptor, Fornax, Eridanus, Taurus
The Myth Behind the Constellation Cetus
Cetus was the sea-monster sent by Poseidon to ravage Aethiopia as punishment for Queen Cassiopia’s boast that her daughter Andromeda was more beautiful than the Nereids. King Cepheus offered his daughter as sacrifice to Cetus to appease it, but the hero Perseus killed the creature to save her.
Cetus Constellation Points of Interest
|Interesting Objects in the Constellation Cetus
Bright Stars in Cetus
These are the stars in Cetus with a minimum magnitude of 3.0.