The Pisces Star Constellation and the Stories Behind its Origin
The Pisces star constellation is one of the largest constellations out of the 88 modern constellations. It is the 14th largest constellation and lies in the northern celestial hemisphere. It was one of the 48 constellations that the Greek-Roman astrologer Ptolemy listed in the 2nd century. The constellation occupies a space of around 889 square degrees and lies between the Aries constellation to the east and the Aquarius constellation to the west.
In Roman mythology, the two celestial fish are the symbols of Venus and Cupid, who wore these disguises in order to save themselves from the monster, Typhon. Pisces means “fish” in Latin. The constellation has only one Messier object, the spiral galaxy Messier 74, and only one major meteor, the Pisces. The Pisces Zodiac constellation is one of the 12 zodiac constellations that include Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Virgo, Cancer, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, Scorpio, Capricorn, and Aquarius.