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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

Galaxy Pair Stirring up a pair of spiral galaxies November 27, 2020

Tau Ceti Listening in on a neighbor April 8, 2020

NGC 246 Sculpting a bright skull February 26, 2020

Giant Black Hole A dark heart for a giant galaxy February 10, 2020

The Whale’s Tail The tale of the tail of the whale November 21, 2019

Featured Images

false-color image of Skull Nebula

Red Skull November 18, 2020

Artist's concept of a planet orbiting the star Tau Ceti

Inhospitable Planet April 8, 2020

ngc 246, the skull nebula

Skull Nebula February 26, 2020