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Perseus is a prominent constellation that is visible in early winter. It is located east of Andromeda, south of Camelopardalis and west of Auriga. Perseus was the son of Jupiter and Danaë. Perseus was sent to dispatch Medusa, one of the Gorgons. Medusa was once a maiden with beautiful hair but when Minerva became jealous, Medusa was transformed into an ugly, vicious creature with snakes for hair and whoever looked upon her face would be turn to stone. Perseus received the help from the gods Minerva, who gave him her shield, and Mercury who provided his winged shoes. Perseus tracked Medusa and used the shield to avoid looking at her face and was able to slay her. Later, Perseus used his sword and the winged shoes to help him defeat the sea-monster Cetus, thereby saving the life of Andromeda, daughter of Cassiopeia and Cepheus, and winning her for his wife.