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Cepheus is a northern constellation that is high in the sky during the autumn. Cepheus extends nearly to the North Celestial Pole. In mythology, Cepheus was the king of Aethiopia who was married to the beautiful Cassiopeia. After Cassiopeia compared her beauty to the Sea-Nymphs, they took offence and beseeched Neptune for satisfaction. Neptune unleashed the sea-monster Cetus who wrecked havoc along the coast. Cepheus consulted an oracle who directed that he chain his daughter, Andromeda, to a rock as a sacrifice to Cetus. Reluctantly, Cepheus did this, but before the monster could claim his prize, the champion Perseus arrives, bearing the head of Medusa, and saves Andromeda and claims her as his wife.