(abbrev. Cas, gen. Cassiopeiae; area 598 sq. deg.) A northern constellation which lies between Cepheus and Andromeda, and culminates at midnight in early October. It is named after Queen Cassiopeia, wife of King Cepheus and mother of Andromeda in Greek mythology, and is usually shown on early celestial charts as a seated figure. Its brightest stars were cataloged by Ptolemy (c