Andromeda - the Chained Princess

Andromeda, the chained princess, is triangular in shape. Three bright stars form one side of the triangle. The bright star at the top, Alpheratz, is part of the Great Square of Pegasus, and represents her head. Some people think she looks like a Christmas tree.

The princess wears a dazzling jewel of the northern sky - M31, the Andromeda galaxy. M31 is the nearest large galaxy to our galaxy and the most distant object you can see with just your eyes. It can be seen as a faint oval glow on a dark night far away from city lights. The bright star which represents the chained foot of Andromeda is actually two stars. One of the stars is an orange giant like Arcturus. The other is a fainter blue star.

Andromeda is the beautiful daughter of queen Cassiopeia and king Cepheus. She is to be sacrificed to the sea monster Cetus because of Cassiopeia's prideful boast about her daughter's beauty. All of these characters, as well as Andromeda's rescuer Perseus, reside in the northern sky.

The Constellation Andromeda, the Chained Princess
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Andromeda - the Chained Princess

Andromeda, the chained princess, is roughly triangular in shape. Three bright stars form the southeastern side of the triangle. The bright star at the top, Alpheratz, is part of the asterism called the Great Square of Pegasus, and represents her head. She is also said to resemble a Christmas tree.

Andromeda herself is not a particularly spectacular constellation. But the princess wears a dazzling jewel of the northern sky - M31, the Andromeda galaxy. M31 is the nearest large galaxy to the Milky Way and the most distant object visible to the naked eye. Even in less than ideal conditions, it can be seen as a faint elliptical glow. The bright star which represents the chained foot of Andromeda is actually a double star system. One of the stars is an orange giant much like Arcturus. It has a fainter blue companion, providing a nice contrast to the orange giant.

Andromeda is the beautiful daughter of queen Cassiopeia and king Cepheus. She is to be sacrificed to the sea monster Cetus because of Cassiopeia's prideful boast about her daughter's beauty. All of these characters, as well as Andromeda's rescuer Perseus, reside in the northern sky.

The Constellation Andromeda, the Chained Princess
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Andromeda - the Chained Princess

Andromeda, the chained princess, is roughly triangular in shape. Three bright stars form the southeastern side of the triangle. The bright star at the top, Alpheratz, is part of the asterism called the Great Square of Pegasus, and represents her head. She is also said to resemble a Christmas tree.

Andromeda herself is not a particularly spectacular constellation. But the princess wears a dazzling jewel of the northern sky - M31, the Andromeda galaxy. M31 is the nearest large galaxy to the Milky Way and the most distant object visible to the naked eye. Even in less than ideal conditions, it can be seen as a faint elliptical glow. The bright star which represents the chained foot of Andromeda is actually a double star system. One of the stars is an orange giant much like Arcturus. It has a fainter blue companion, providing a nice contrast to the orange giant.

Andromeda is the beautiful daughter of queen Cassiopeia and king Cepheus. She is to be sacrificed to the sea monster Cetus because of Cassiopeia's prideful boast about her daughter's beauty. All of these characters, as well as Andromeda's rescuer Perseus, reside in the northern sky.

The Constellation Andromeda, the Chained Princess
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