Cetus: The Sea Monster/The Whale


Cetus, The Sea Monster - The Whale

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
Abbreviation: Cet Genitive: Ceti Origin: Ancient
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
Name Messier NGC Type Visibility
Cetus A M77 NGC 1068 Spiral Galaxy Small Scope


Bright Stars in Cetus

These are the stars in Cetus with a minimum magnitude of 3.0.

Name Bayer Name Magnitude Color Luminosity Distance
Deneb Kaitos Beta Ceti 2.04  Orange 145 suns 96 ly
Menkar Alpha Ceti 2.54  Red 3,851 suns 2205 ly