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Cepheus – Mythical King of Ethiopia

Cepheus is one of the 88 constellations within the celestial sphere.

Cepheus is one of the 17 constellations that represents a mythological character.

Symbolism: Cepheus is also known as ‘Mythical King of Ethiopia’

 

 

History & Mythology

Cepheus has been known by many different cultures and represent many different things for these cultures throughout history. In Greek mythology, Cepheus represents a king and contain prototype of the Cepheid. Legend has it that Cepheus was the king of Ethiopia which was a mythical country. Cepheus was also the husband of Cassiopeia.

 

Key Data

Bordering Constellations:  Cepheus is bordered by constellations Lacerta, Camelopardalis, Draco, Cassiopeia, Cygnus & Ursa Minor.

Sky Chart #: 1.

Star Raking: 27th largest constellation in the celestial sphere. 

Main Stars: Cepheus consists of 7 main stars.

Brightest Star: Alderamin.

 

Kids Fun Facts Corner

# 1. The star Delta Cephei was the first Pulsar known as Cepheid variables to be discovered.  

# 2. There is 1 star with planets in the Cepheus constellation.

# 3. Alderamin is the brightest star in the Cepheus constellation.  

 

Q&A Corner

Q. What is Cepheus alo know as?

Q. How many main stars does Cepheus have?

Q. What is the brightest star in Cepheus?

Q. How many stars have planets in Cepheus?

Q. What number star ranking is Cepheus in the celestial sphere?

Download questions about the Cepheus Constellation here: Cepheus (answers are on this page)

Teachers. For more in depth work sheets on constellations. Click on Kidskonnect Worksheets  

For further reading and more information on the Cepheus Constellation visit www.osr.org/Cepheus

  Key Vocabulary Celestial. Chart. Constellation. History.

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