Andromeda is one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd-century Greco-Roman astronomer Ptolemy. Located north of the celestial equator, it is named for Andromeda, daughter of Cassiopeia, in the Greek myth, who was chained to a rock to be eaten by the sea monster Cetus. Because of its northern declination, Andromeda is visible only north of 40° south latitude.
About Andromeda (constellation) in brief
Andromeda is one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd-century Greco-Roman astronomer Ptolemy. Located north of the celestial equator, it is named for Andromeda, daughter of Cassiopeia, in the Greek myth, who was chained to a rock to be eaten by the sea monster Cetus. Because of its northern declination, Andromeda is visible only north of 40° south latitude; for observers farther south, it lies below the horizon. The constellation’s most obvious deep-sky object is the naked-eye Andromeda Galaxy, the closest spiral galaxy to the Milky Way. It is the location of the radiant for the Andromedids, a weak meteor shower that occurs in November. The stars that make up Pisces and the middle portion of modern Andromeda formed a constellation representing a fertility goddess, sometimes named as Anunitum or the Lady of the Heavens. It was known as Mulier Catenata in Latin and al-Mar’at al Musalsalah in Arabic. It has also been called Persea or Cepheis, all names that refer to Andromeda’s role in the Gre co-Roman myth of Perseus. Several stars from Andromeda and the most of the stars in Lacerta were combined in 1787 by Frederick Bode to form the form of the King Frederici King of the Honores. There is no universal depiction of Andromeda, and the stars used to represent her body, head and chains, are typically depicted as her head, head, and legs. She was defined as a specific pattern of stars, which was defined by Almagest, in which she was a star with a specific head and body shape.
In Chinese astronomy, the stars that made up Andromeda were members of four different constellation that had astrological and mythological significance. A constellation related to Andromeda also exists in Hindu mythology. In Greek tradition, Andromeda has its roots most firmly in theGreek tradition, though a female figure in Andromeda’s location had appeared earlier in Babylonian astronomy. The myth recounts that the couple had nine children together – seven sons and two daughters – and founded Mycenae and its Persideae dynasty. After Andromeda’s death Athena placed her in the sky as a constellation, to honor her. Three of the neighboringconstellations represent characters in the Perseus myth, while Cetus retreats to beyond Pisces. Andromeda is the most prominent constellation during autumn evenings in the Northern Hemisphere, along with several other constellation named for characters in that myth, such as Perseus and Perseus, as well as several others named for other mythological characters. The Blue Snowball Nebula, a planetary nebula, is visible in a telescope as a blue circular object. Andromeda’s brightest star, Alpha and Beta, is a binary star that has been counted as a part of Pegasus, while Gamma andromedae is a colorful binary and a popular target for amateur astronomers.