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Cetus – The Sea Monster

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

Cetus is one of the 17 constellations that represents an mythical character.

Symbolism: Cetus is also known as ‘The Sea Monster’


History & Mythology

Cetus has been known by many different cultures and represent many different things for these cultures throughout history. In Greek mythology Cetus represents a sea monster killed by Perseus as Cetus was to going to kill Andromeda. Cetus is the 4th largest constellation on the night’s sky, close to the celestial equator. While the constellation is large its difficult to find, as the constellation is not that prominent.    


Key Data

Bordering Constellations: Cetus is bordered by constellations Taurus, Aries, Eridanus, Pisces, Fornax, Aquarius & Sculptor.

Sky Chart #: 3.

Star Raking: 4th largest constellation in the celestial sphere. 

Main Stars: Cetus consists of 14 main stars.

Brightest Star: Beta Ceti.


Kids Fun Facts Corner

# 1. Cetus has 23 stars with planets.

# 2. The star Tau Ceti in Cetus has 5 exoplanets orbiting it.

# 3. Beta Ceti is the brightest star in Cetus.


Q&A Corner

Q. What is Cetus also known as?

Q. How many main stars does Cetus have?

Q. What is the brightest star in Cetus?

Q. How many stars have planets in Cetus?

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

Download questions about the Andromeda Constellation here: Cetus (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 Cetus Constellation visit

  Key Vocabulary Constellation. Star. Celestial. Sphere.


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