Constellation The Sea Monster

Cetus (The Sea Monster): gift, map and visability

  • Meaning: The Sea Monster
  • Best seen in: December
  • Family: Perseus
  • Latitude: +70° to -90°

Cetus or The Sea Monster is one of the 88 constellations modern astronomers have divided the sky into. It's part of the Perseus constellation family. Cetus is best seen in December (from latitudes +70° to -90°).

Poseidon’s great sea monster used to teach Cassiopeia a lesson, Cetus was sent to devour Andromeda. Cassiopeia’s vanity boasted that she was more beautiful than the sea nymphs. The Greeks created this hybrid creature with enormous jaws, small hands, a scaly body, and a tail that coiled. The constellation has four main stars and three meteor showers.

Cetus Constellation Map

Cetus Constellation Map
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Main Stars in The Sea Monster (Cetus)

The constellation Cetus contains several bright stars that make up its shape. Some of these main stars are known as:

  • Deneb Kaitos
  • Menkar
  • Mira
  • Tau Ceti

Some of the deep sky objects which have been discovered in Cetus include: Messier 77, NGC 1055, NGC 1087, NGC 1073, NGC 45, NGC 17, NGC 47.

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