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Perseus

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Shivika Ahuja

on 19 February 2011

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Transcript of Perseus

Perseus is the son of Zeus and a mortal woman. The woman’s husband was Polydectes, king of Seriphos. He was angry because of his wife’s affair, but since it was with a god, he couldn’t really do anything. To gain revenge, when Perseus grew up Polydectes sent him on an impossible quest to kill Medusa. Medusa is one of the three sisters called the Gorgons, who were so ugly that anyone who looked at them would be turned to stone. He went to the gods for help and got a mirrored shield from Athena and a pair of winged sandals from Hermes. He used the sandals to fly and find Medusa, and when he did Perseus didn’t look at her. He instead used the reflection in the shield to use his sword to behead her as she slept. As Medusa did, Pegasus, a white singed horse sprang from her neck. And Perseus rode the Pegasus back to Olympus. On his way home, Perseus came across the monster, Cetus, getting ready to eat Andromeda. Perseus used Medusa's head to turn Cetus into stone and saved the princess. Perseus's Story Perseus can be found near Andromeda and her parents, Cepheus and Cassiopeia. Perseus's Neighbors Seeing Perseus Perseus can be seen in northern hemisphere, above latitude 48. In meridian they can be seen in early january at around 10pm. Perseus: Soldier with Sword Mirfak (Alpha Persei):
Apparent Magnitude:1.79.
Type of Star: Yellow supergiant F Star
Color: Yellor
Surface Temperature: 7,000 K
Disance from Earth: 592 Light-years
Fun Fact: Elbow of Perseus Algol (Beta Persei):
Apparent Magnitude: Variates from 2.06 to 3.28 becasuse it's a binary star.
Type of Star: Subgiant K star and brighter B star
Color: Blue
Surface Temperature: 12,500 K
Distance from Earth: 105 Light-years
Fun Fact: The Demon Star. Delta
Apparent Magnitude: 3.01
Type of Star: Blue Giant, second brightest to Mirfak .
Color: Blue-White
Surface Temperature: 12,000 K
Distance from Earth: 528 Light-years Menkib (Xi Persei)
Apparent Magnitude: 3.98
Type of Star: Between a giant and a super giant
Color: Yellow-Red
Surface Temperature: 37,000 K
Distance from Earth: 1,770 Light-years
Fun Fact: Smaller star companion.
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