Storytellers explaining stars and constellations have told of heroism, hardship, and heartache of all kinds for thousands of years. For Valentines Day, let's talk about a few love stories. Continue reading →
¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending February 15, 2014
Storytellers explaining stars and constellations have told of heroism, hardship, and heartache of all kinds for thousands of years. For Valentines Day, let’s talk about a few love stories.
Perseus and Andromeda
Two romantic partners visible for most of the year in the northern hemisphere are Perseus and Andromeda. During his return from a successful trip to kill Medusa, Perseus spotted a beautiful young woman chained to a seaside rock. He rescued her and learned she’d been tied there by her parents, King Cepheus and Queen Cassiopeia.
Poseidon had sent the sea monster Cetus to destroy Cepheus’s kingdom as punishment for Cassiopeia boasting about how beautiful Andromeda was. An oracle advised them to sacrifice their daughter. Perseus found another way out. He killed Cetus. Then he asked to marry Andromeda.
However, Andromeda had already been promised to her uncle Phineus. So Perseus had to kill him too. Perseus and Andromeda are still together today going around ...