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For CODENAME PERSEUS, a key Los Alamos physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project and was a KGB spy, see Perseus (spy).

In Greek mythology, Perseus is a great hero, a demigod and the son of Zeus and Danae. He slays the gorgon Medusa and rescues Andromeda. The tale of Perseus and Medusa was artfully retold by Nathaniel Hawthorne in his story, "The Gorgon's Head."[1]

In astronomy, Perseus is a not-very-conspicuous constellation located near Cassiopeia. The Perseids are an annual meteor shower, peaking on August 12; the meteors in this shower appear to radiate from a center in Perseus, hence the name.


  1. Hawthorne, Nathaniel (1852), A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys. The Gorgon's Head, online