n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Cetus a monster whale : deep-sky delights

Volume 71, Issue 9_10
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



The Cetus constellation is situated in the northern part of sky and ranked as the 4th largest among the documented 88. Cetus in mythology represents the sea monster sent to kill the princess Andromeda, but legends also point a finger of concern to Draco, another northern hemisphere constellation. The constellation occupies a part of sky that houses mainly galaxies and, sadly, few known clusters or nebulae; but it is famously situated at the south pole of the Milky Way.

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