January 2000
Peterson Field Guide to Stars & Planets;2000, p132
This article presents information on various constellations cataloged by Greek astronomer Ptolemy. Several constellations are associated with the story of Andromeda, the daughter of Cassiopeia and Cepheus. When Cassiopeia boasted that her beauty exceeded that of the sea nymphs, the slighted beauties asked Neptune, the god of the sea, to punish the braggart. Aqila, the Eagle, this third was rewarded with a place in the heavens for having brought from earth the handsome Ganymede to serve as cupbearer of the gods. Argo Navis, the ship Argo, ship carried the Argonauts from Thessaly to Colchis in search of the Golden Fleece. The constellation Canis Major, the Greater Dog has been associated with several mythical dogs, including the hound of Actaeon, but it has also been known as the Dog of Orion. The constellation Centaurus, the Centaur, is often identified with Chiron. When Hercules accidentally wounded Chiron with one of his poisoned arrows, Chiron suffered greatly but, as an immortal, could not find a release in death.


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