Astronomy is so fascinating that thousands of people have taken it up as a hobby.
One of the most interesting things about astronomy is constellations, especially the Pisces constellation. Pisces, like all zodiac signs, is also a constellation.
Constellations are patterns of stars named after what the pattern looks like or a mythological figure. There are lots of interesting things to learn about constellations and the stars within them.
So take a look at the top ten most interesting facts of the Pisces constellation, and learn all about this fascinating zodiac sign.
- Finding Pisces 4
Although Pisces is the 14th largest constellation out of the 88 constellations we can see, it’s surprisingly hard to find. This reason for this is that the stars in Pisces aren’t as bright as the stars in other constellations.
So to find the stars in Pisces, you have to be looking at a certain time and from a certain angle. In fact, it can only be seen from the northern and southern hemispheres.
They can also only be seen in areas away from light pollution and can only be seen from August through January in the northern hemisphere. It can be viewed in the spring months in the southern hemisphere.
To find Pisces, just look towards the north quadrant in the west in the night sky and look for the circlet of Pisces. The Circlet is one of the fish in the constellation.
- Origin Myth of The Pisces Constellation
In Greek mythology, Mother Earth, or Gaia gave birth to a giant monster with one hundred snakeheads. Each snake head could shoot fire from its eyes and was sent to destroy Mount Olympus to kill the gods.
Typhon was sent to Mount Olympus because Gaia was angry that the gods defeated her children: the Titans.
The gods Aphrodite and her son Eros saw Typhon approaching, and turned into fish to run away from Typhon. They tied a rope to each other’s tails so they wouldn’t be separated.
Their plan worked, and they made the image of two fish tied together by rope appear in the night sky to celebrate, forming the constellation Pisces.
Different cultures also have their own myths about the Pisces constellation. Some even consider the constellation to represent koi fish, a species that has many myths surrounding it.
- There’s A Galaxy In The Pisces Constellation
Stars aren’t the only things found in constellations. Constellations also have galaxies, and just above one of the stars in Pisces is a galaxy called the M74 galaxy.
It’s a huge galaxy that is estimated to contain 100 billion stars. It’s notable for having two perfect spiral arms and is a good example of a grand design galaxy since its shape is so textbook.
It’s also one of the hardest galaxies to spot for amateur astronomers.
- A Rare Hypernova Occurred In M7
In science, a supernova is when a star explodes and usually takes a planet or two with it. However, there are rarer instances of a hypernova, which are even bigger explosions, and cause massive bursts of gamma radiation.
Two of these occurred in the M74 galaxy, as early as 2002, giving scientists a chance to observe a recent hypernova.
- Meteor Showers Happen Regularly
Meteor Showers are named after constellations they’re thought to originate from. Piscids happen around Pisces stars and are thought to originate from the Pisces constellation.
Piscids haven’t been documented well since there only tend to be 5 meteors passing by per hour, and they’re hard to see, just like the Pisces constellation.
- The Van Maanen 2
The Van Maanen 2 is a white dwarf found within the Pisces constellation. The thing that makes this constellation so notable is that it’s the third white dwarf ever discovered.
It’s also the first white dwarf to be discovered to not be part of any other star systems. Meaning that it’s relatively isolated in the solar system.
The star is named after the astronomer who found it in the 18th century. Fortunately, we’re well past the times where you had to discover a new star to name it after yourself.
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- The Brightest Star In Pisces Is Actually Two Stars
Eta Piscium, the most luminous star in the Pisces constellation, doesn’t give off a lot of light. However, it is a binary star, meaning that it’s actually two stars.
Binary stars either have one star revolving around the other, or two stars revolving around a point. However, they are often referred to in the singular because of their closeness to each other.
- A Star In Pisces Is Eating A Planet RZ Piscium
The star RZ Piscium is one of the stars in the Pisces constellation. It’s one of the younger and more volatile stars, which means that their solar system is unstable, and the changing gravity of the sun is pulling objects like planets into itself.
- The Vernal Equinox Passes Through Pisces
Everything in the universe is constantly moving. Recently, this movement has caused the Vernal Equinox, the point in the sky where the sun crosses the celestial equator, to pass through Pisces.
The Sun used to pass through the Aries constellation but now passes through Pisces.
- There Are Three Planets Bigger Than Earth Orbiting a Pisces Star
There are three planets orbiting one of the stars in Pisces. GJ 9827 has three planets orbiting it that are slightly bigger than the planet Earth.
The planets are estimated to be at least 1.5 and half times as dense as Earth but have a lot more mass.
Pisces Is A Fascinating Constellation
The Pisces constellation is full of wonderful quirks and strange events that don’t happen often elsewhere in space.
But to really compare it to other constellations, you’d have to read up about all the other zodiac constellations too. Once you have, you’ll be an expert in everything about constellations.
You might even gain insight into your friend’s star signs if you’re into astrology too. Learning about constellations is great for learning about what the future holds according to the astrological conventions.
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