Cetus, the Whale or Sea Monster

A constellation named for a mythological sea monster. He was sent by Poseidon, god of the sea, to punish Ethiopia for the vanity of its queen, Cassiopeia, who boasted that she was more beautiful than the sea nymphs. The king, Cepheus, ordered his daughter Andromeda chained beside the sea shore as a sacrifice. At the last moment, however, she was rescued by Perseus, the hero, who either beheaded Cetus or turned him to stone by showing him the snake-covered head of Medusa, one of the Gorgons.

Radio Programs

Tau Ceti De-populating a popular star system Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Big Story A big-screen story in the autumn sky Monday, September 28, 2015
Cetus A sea monster fit for Hollywood Sunday, December 14, 2014
Tail Stars The back ends of two constellations Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Menkar A constellation with a case of the big head Sunday, November 18, 2012


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