Aries Constellation The Golden Ram Source Of The Golden Fleece
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)
HAMAL (Alpha Ari)
Sharatan (Beta Ari)
Mesarthim (Gamma 2 Ari)
Botein (Delta Ari)
The Real Golden Fleece?
It is likely that the Golden Fleece existed.
Earlier in this century, remote mountain villagers were observed using sheepskins
to trap the fine gold particles in the rivers that flowed from the Caucasus Mountains.
The skins would then be dried and beaten to shake out their contents.
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