In Greek myth Andromeda was a young woman and she was the daughter of Cassiopeia and Cepheus, who were the king of Ethiopia. Andromeda's mother claimed that they were more beautiful than the sea nymphs. The sea nymphs complained to the sea god Poseidon. Poseidon threatened them to send a flood and a sea monster to destroy your kingdom. The king was advised to sacrifice his daughter. Andromeda was chained near a sea-cliff to be eaten by a sea monster. Perseus was sailing and the moment he noticed her he immediately fell in love with her. Perseus killed the monster and freed Andromeda.
Cassiopeia was the queen of an ancient land. She and her husband, Cepheus, had a daughter named Andromeda. Cassiopeia would always say she was prettier than the sea nymphs. One day a monster called Cetus was sent to punish her. Cetus was about to eat Andromeda, when Perseus saved her. All five are now constellations. Cassiopeia is easy to find because it looks like a &quot;W&quot;!.
Pegasus was a winged horse. He came from Medusa. The Gorgon-Medusa was once a beautiful Libyan princess but she seduced by the sea god Poseidon in the temple consecrated to Athena. Athena turned her into a monster and anyone who looked at her would become stone. Pegasus was a winged horse. He came from Medusa. The Gorgon-Medusa was once a beautiful Libyan princess but she seduced by the sea god Poseidon in the temple consecrated to Athena. Athena turned her into a monster and anyone who looked at her would become stone. After Pegasus’ birth, he lived on Mount Helicon. One day a Greek hero called Bellerophon thought that he could fly with Pegasus to Olympus, where the gods lived. Zeus didn’t want that so he sent a Horsefly to bite Pegasus. Bellerophon lost control of Pegasus and fell back to Earth. But Pegasus continued to fly till Olympus and from then he carries thunderbolts for Zeus. Now there is a constellation of Pegasus in the sky.
Draco the dragon is famous throughout mythology. This great beast was especially present in greek myth. One of the more popular stories involves Heracles and the twelve labors. Gaia gave Hera a golden apple tree when she married Zeus. Hera put the tree in the garden to be guarded by the Hesperides and a dragon called Ladon.
Hercules was a great warrior in Greek mythology. From the northern hemisphere he can be seen staying in the sky during Spring. From the southern hemisphere, he appears small in the north. Four bright stars form what is known as the Keystone. Hercules' arms and legs extend from this central square. Many other constellations, like Leo, the Lion, Draco, the Dragon, Cancer, the Crab, and Hydra, the Serpent, were defeated by Hercules. They were been placed in the sky with Hercules to celebrate his victories.
According to an ancient Greek legend, the figure of a gigantic crab was placed in the nighttime sky by the goddess Hera to form the constellation Cancer. Hera swore to kill Heracles, is the most famous Greek hero. Heracles committed a great crime and in order to be forgiven, he had to perform twelve difficult tasks. One of these tasks was destroying the terrible water-serpent, Hydra. The crab tried to help Hydra, but Heracles stepped on him. Harcles is: People from More than two thousand years ago, Greek people believed that a particular group of stars represented the figure of Heracles, the most famous Greek hero. The ancient Romans called him Hercules. Heracles was a courageous and strong man. Hydra: A long time ago, Greek people believed that a long strip of stars was really an image of a gigantic serpent known as the Hydra. The heads of the Hydra could grow back even if they were cut off. Its breath could also kill a person. The destruction of the Hydra was one of the many hard tasks that Heracles, had to perform. Heracles was so brave and strong that he killed the Hydra. During their fight, an enormous crab emerged from the swamp to aid the Hydra. Heracles killed the crab by crushing its shell with his foot. Heracles buried the Hydra's head under a heavy rock.
Taurus: One day, Europa, the beautiful daughter of the king of Tyre, Agenor, was collecting flowers by the sea. Zeus, a Greek God saw how beautiful she was and immediately fell in love with her. He transformed himself into the form of a white bull. He came walking over to her in a very gentle way. Suddenly, the bull pulled her upon his back with his horns. He rode through the sea all the way to Crete, in Greece. When they were in Crete, Zeus, the bull transformed back into himself. When Europa saw that it was Zeus, she married him. After a while, Zeus put the shape of the magical, beautiful bull into the sky. We recognize this as the Taurus now, though it doesn’t exactly look like a bull.
Hercules, the great Greek warrior, can be seen kneeling in the sky for northern latitudes throughout the Spring months. Hercules first becomes visible in the east in April, and works his way high across the night sky through October. From the southern hemisphere, he appears low in the north. Four relatively bright stars form what is commonly known as the Keystone. Hercules' arms and legs extend from this central square. By far the most exciting object to see in Hercules is the magnificent globular cluster M13, which is visible in dark night skies even without binoculars or a telescope. This cluster of 300,000 stars appears as a faint fuzzy spot to the naked eye. It is located between the stars which form the western side of the Keystone. Many other constellations, like Leo, the Lion, Hydra, the nine-headed Serpent, and Draco, the Dragon, were unfortunate victims of Hercules, and thus were also placed in the sky. Cancer, the Crab was sent by Hera to annoy Hercules in his battles, and became yet another victim of the hero.
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