Pisces, one of the dimmest constellations of the zodiac, lays just north of the celestial equator. It is located east of the constellation Aquarius, south of Andromeda and Pegasus, west of Aries and north of Cetus. For stargazers in the Northern Hemisphere, Pisces is visible before midnight from August through February. Its highlights include a circlet of stars marking the western fish's head and the 10th magnitude spiral galaxy M74.Know More
The sun travels through Pisces from March 13 to April 19. This span of time includes the first day of spring, also known as the vernal equinox. In astronomical terminology, the vernal and autumnal equinoxes are defined as the coordinates in the sky where the sun's path (the ecliptic) crosses the celestial equator.
Over 2,000 years ago, the vernal equinox was located farther east in the constellation Aries. This gave rise to the term "first point in Aries". The reason this point has shifted westward over the centuries is a phenomenon called the precession of the equinoxes. The earth's rotational axis wobbles like a top with respect to the distant stars. One cycle or wobble takes 26,000 years. Six centuries from now, the vernal equinox will shift westward into the constellation Aquarius. Adherents of astrology will be interested to know this will mark the official beginning of the age of Aquarius.Learn more about Constellations
The 12 commonly accepted zodiac signs are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. These are constellations, or groups of stars, that ring the Earth and appear to be overhead during each successive month.Full Answer >
The moon will be located in more or less the eastern part of the sky when it rises, and in more or less the western part of the sky when it sets. Between rising and setting, it will be found in the southern part of the sky.Full Answer >
Betelgeuse is located on the shoulder of the Orion constellation and is one of the brightest stars in the sky. It is classified as a supernova and is predicted to explode within the next million years. Because it is 640 light years away, Betelgeuse is too far for its eventual explosion to cause any damage to Earth.Full Answer >
The Big Dipper got its name from the outline of its major stars; the outline resembles a large ladle or dipper. The Big Dipper is known by many other names across the world.Full Answer >