Abbreviation: Â PsA
English Name: Â The Southern Fish
Genitive:Â Piscis Austrini
Hemisphere:Â Southern HemisphereÂ (Parts visible from the UK.)
Location:Â Between the constellations of Sculptor and Capricornus.
Visible between latitudes: Â +50 and -90 degrees
Best season: Autumn
Seen in three seasons:Â Summer, Autumn & Winter
Best seen in:Â September/October
Seen between:Â August and November
Right Ascension (RA):Â 22 hour
Declination (DEC):Â -30 degrees
Area (square degrees): Â 245 (60th)
Pisces Austrinus Â (The Southern Fish)
- It’s a small constellation of the southern sky.
- FomalhautÂ traditionally represents the mouth of the fish. Its companionÂ Fomalhaut bÂ was thought to be the firstÂ extrasolar planetÂ ever detected by a visible light image, thanks to theÂ 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,Â NGC 7174Â andÂ NGC 7314Â – three galaxies of magnitudes: +11.9, +12.5 and +10.9 respectively.
- Fomalhaut Â (Alpha PsA)
- Photo of the constellation;Â Pisces Austrinus, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart Â – Â Pisces Austrinus
- List of stars in Piscis Austrinus.
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