n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Two fishes in the starry sea : deep-sky delights

Volume 72, Issue 7_10
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



The constellation of Pisces is distinctive and special, with the characteristic "V" formed by the stars within the image. Fishing must certainly have been a major source of food supply in antiquity. Alpha Piscius connects the tails of the two starry fish projected by the constellation at a slight angle just to the north of Cetus. Two circlets hang on to each leg - one to the north-east of Pegasus and the other towards the more southerly side of Pegasus, which appears as the smaller fish as seen from the southern hemisphere. In ancient Babylon the constellation was seen as sacrificed the fishes to the god of water and wisdom. It is even possible that the constellation reflects the period of Christ, which refers back to the two fishes and 12 loaves.

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