Here is the King (to go along with Queen Cassiopeia). Yup, this is supposed to depict a guy sitting on a throne. Some people think of Cepheus as the "house" since it does sort of have a house shape. Actually, you could think of it as Dorothy's house from the Wizard of Oz, and you can see the feet of the wicked witch of the east sticking out from underneath it. And just like Cassiopeia, Cepheus is circumpolar, you can see him pretty much any time during the year, though he is most easy to see from late summer to early winter.

One of the stars for this constellation doesn' t have a name, like "Polaris" or "Caph" or "Fred", and this is usually the case for most stars - they don't have names. In order to talk about or refer to these stars, you have to call them something. The simplest way is to refer to the star by a letter of the greek alphabet, like "alpha", "beta", "gamma", "delta", "epsilon" and so forth. Most stars that you can see with your eye have a greek letter associated with them, usually given in order of brightness. But that's just a first name - the star also needs a last name. For the last name we use the name of the constellation. So just like there are many people named "William" or "Jennifer" in the world, they're a bit more distinct when you also include their last name. In Cepheus, Alderamin is also known as "alpha Cephei", while Polaris is known as "alpha Ursa Minoris" - same first name, different last names. Here, there is a star with the name of "delta Cephei" - it's not a very bright star, but as you'll learn later it is a very important star because it does something that is rather unusual. We won't get to it until week 9 or so, but I think you can wait until then, right?