Abbreviation:  Pic
English Name:  The Fishes
Genitive: Alrischa
Hemisphere:  Northern Hemisphere
Location: Between the constellations of Aries and Aquarius.
Visible between latitudes:  
+90 and -65 degrees
Best season: Autumn
Seen in three seasons: Summer, Autumn & Winter
Best seen in:  November
Seen between: September and January
Right Ascension (RA):  01 hour
Declination (DEC):  +15 degrees
Area (square degrees):  889 (14th)

Pisces (The Fishes)

  • Depicts two fishes whose tails are each tied with cord.

Messier Objects

  • M74  –  Spiral Galaxy; visible through a small telescope as a rounded misty patch. (Magnitude: +10.1)

Features of Interest

  • The Circlet  –  One of the key ways to identify Pisces is to find the ring of seven stars -` The Circlet of Pisces`,  also known as the head of the Western Fish; to the south of the Square of Pegasus. Also the Eastern Fish can be seen leaping upward to the east of the Square of Pegasus.

Named Stars

  • Alrisha (Alpha Psc)
  • Fum al Samakah (Beta Psc)
  • Torcularis Septentrionalis (Omicron Psc)


  • Photo of the constellation; Pisces, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
  • Sky Chart  –  Pisces
  • List of stars in Pisces.


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