What Does Cassiopeia Mean?


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Cassiopeia is a name found in the Greek mythology. She was the wife of Cepheus and the mother of Andromeda. She was an Ethiopian queen and was very vain by nature. Legend says that when she objected to the marriage of Andromeda and Persues, a Greek hero he turned her into stone. Then Neptune placed her in the heavens. But he wanted to punish her for her vainness and therefore placed her in such a manner that at certain times of the year she appears to be hanging upside down.

Scientifically it is one of the 88 modern constellations. It has two stars that can be seen by the naked eye. They are listed among the most luminous star in the galaxy. Cassiopeia is in the shape of a W during fall but it looks like an M during spring. This fact gives credence to the folklore and the belief about the queen hanging down. It is located to the opposite side of big Dipper, another famous constellation. It is also circumpolar like the Big Dipper.

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