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This webpage reproduces a section of
Star Names
Their Lore and Meaning

Richard Hinckley Allen

as reprinted
in the Dover edition, 1963

The text is in the public domain.

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p347 Piscis Volans, the Flying Fish,

now known by astronomers as Volans, is the Poisson Volant of the French and the Fliegende Fisch of the Germans. The Rudolphine Tables have it Passer, the Sparrow, and, as such, it is translated Fe Yu by the Chinese. This is another of the new southern constellations formally introduced by Bayer, comprising forty-six stars south of Canopus and Miaplacidus, — α and β Argūs.

Julius Schiller included it with Dorado and the Nubecula Major in his biblical figure of Abel the Just.

The lucida is β, a colored 3.9‑magnitude, culminating on the 12th of March.

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