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Cassiopeia was the wife of Cepheus the Ethiopian king of Joppa now known as Jaffa in Israel and the mother of Andromeda The queen was both beautiful and vain and the story of how her vanity caused great distress is told in relation to the constellation Andromeda After promising her daughter in marriage to Perseus Cassiopeia had second thoughts She convinced one of Poseidons sons Agenor to disrupt the ceremony by claiming Andromeda for himself Agenor arrived with an entire army and a fierce struggle ensued In the battle Cassiopeia is said to have cried Perseus must die At any rate it was Perseus who was victorious with the help of the Gorgons head Perseus had recently slain Medusa the Gorgon and had put its head in a bed of coral He retrieved the head and waved it in midst of the warring wedding party instantly turning them all to stone In the group was both Cepheus and Cassiopeia A contrite Poseidon put both father and mother in the heavens But because of Cassiopeias vanity he placed her in a chair which revolves around the Pole Star so half the time shes obliged to sit upside down The asterism clearly shows the chair upon which Cepheuss queen sits The Bayer stars are generally third and fourth magnitude with the exception of the first four stars which make up the chair Cassiopeia has many fine binaries a few variables of note and several interesting deep sky objects Cassiopeia was the beautiful wife of Cepheus king of Ethiopia and the mother of Andromeda She is most famous in connection with the myth of her daughter Andromeda The queen made the mistake of bragging she was more lovely than the Nereids or even than Juno herself The goddesses were needless to say rather insulted and went to Neptune god of the sea to complain Neptune promptly sent a sea monster
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