English Name: The Southern Fish
Genitive: Piscis Austrini
Hemisphere: Southern Hemisphere (Parts visible from the UK.)
Location: Between the constellations of Sculptor and Capricornus.
Visible between latitudes: +50 and -90 degrees
Best season: Autumn
Seen in three seasons: Summer, Autumn & Winter
Best seen in: September/October
Seen between: August and November
Right Ascension (RA): 22 hour
Declination (DEC): -30 degrees
Area (square degrees): 245 (60th)
Pisces Austrinus (The Southern Fish)
- It’s a small constellation of the southern sky.
- Fomalhaut traditionally represents the mouth of the fish. Its companion Fomalhaut b was thought to be the first extrasolar planet ever detected by a visible light image, thanks to the Hubble Space Telescope, but infrared observations have since retracted this claim: it is instead a spherical cloud of dust.
- No Messier objects in Piscis Austrinus
Features of Interest
- NGC 7172, NGC 7174 and NGC 7314 – three galaxies of magnitudes: +11.9, +12.5 and +10.9 respectively.
- Fomalhaut (Alpha PsA)
- Photo of the constellation; Pisces Austrinus, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart – Pisces Austrinus
- List of stars in Piscis Austrinus.
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