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Sea creatures. Sorry, no sharks.

11 Aug 2013, 00:00 UTC
Sea creatures. Sorry, no sharks.
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There are a few sea creatures represented in our modern list of constellations. Sorry, shark fans, there aren't any sharks. Or are there? Sea monster could refer to many things. Continue reading →

¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending August 17, 2013
There are a few sea creatures represented in our modern list of constellations. Sorry, shark fans, there aren’t any sharks. Or are there? Sea monster could refer to many things.
Cetus is the sea monster of ancient Greek legends. In modern drawings of what’s in the sky, it’s usually shown as a whale. According to the old stories, this monster was killed by Perseus as he rescued Andromeda in one of the oldest known damsel-in-distress tales. Andromeda had been chained by the seaside as a sacrifice to the monster to keep him from destroying a whole country.
Pisces is the Latin plural for fish. They are the fish that Venus and Cupid turned themselves into when pursued by a monster named Typhon in Roman stories. As Typhon lost track of them, they didn’t want to lose track of each other. So they tied themselves together with a rope.
Capricornus is also said to have fled from ...

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