The Aries constellation name The Ram, was agreed on by the Babylonians, the Egyptians, the Greeks and the Persians.
In Greek mythology, the story of Aries the Ram begins in Thessaly. The King of Thessaly had two children named Phrixus and Helle who were beaten by their stepmother.
The god Hermes became angered by this and sent a ram to carry the two children to safety. Tragically, Helle lost her grip and tumbled from the ram.
Phrixus, on the other hand, arrived safely to the shores of the Black Sea where he sacrificed the ram to the Gods. Later, Jason and The Argonauts recovered the prized fleece and returned it to Thessaly.
This picture is of the Aries stars constellation. Also visible is triangulum.
Position in the Sky
Right Ascension: 3 hours
Declination: 20 degrees
Visible between latitudes 90 and -60 degrees
Best seen in December (at 9:00 PM)
Named Stars: HAMAL (Alpha Ari) Sharatan (Beta Ari) Mesarthim (Gamma 2 Ari) Botein (Delta Ari)
The Real Golden Fleece?
There is a good chance that the Golden Fleece really did exist.
In the early part of this century, people living in distant mountain villages were seen using sheepskins to collect the fine gold particles that were carried down rivers that originated in the Caucasus Mountains.
After that, the skins would be dried and battered so that the contents could be shaken out.
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