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Aries and Triangulum - the Ram and the Triangle


Mythology - Triangulum has no real story attached to it but the Greeks saw it as a representation of the island of Sicily, a wedding present given to Ceres, the Great Mother, by Hades after abducting and marrying her daughter Core.
Nephele fell in love with Athamas, the king of Böeotia. She had two children, Phrixus and Helle, who Athamus eventually tried to have sacrificed after he fell out of love with their mother. Hera sent a golden ram (Aries) to their aid. They jumped on its back and were carried out of immediate harm's way, but Helle lost her grip and fell to her death into the part of the sea that became known as the Hellespont. Phrixus landed at Colchis on the Black Sea and sacrificed the ram in honor of Zeus. He took the fleece of the ram and hung it in a sacred wood with a dragon (Draco) to guard it. This fleece became a "holy grail" sought after by many, but the most famous seeker was Jason and his band of argonauts.
Stars - Mesarthim is a fine telescopic double star with white matched components. Less easy to see is the telescopic coloured double iota (or 6) trianguli.
Deepsky - The third largest member of our Local Group, the galaxy M33 in Triangulum, is a large face on spiral with a low surface brightness and requires very clear skies to see it. Large binoculars are best, but don’t expect to see any more than a faint disc.
Visibility - Aries and Triangulum are best seen from November to January