Tuesday 19 September 2017 - 21:29:14 Posted by  Bobby

 Mythology of Pisces

Pisces is a constellation of the zodiac, lying between Aquarius and Aries, and depicts two fishes whose tails are each tied with cord. The star Alpha Piscium marks a knot that joins the two cords. The constellation originated among the Babylonians of the Middle East, from whom it was inherited by the ancient Greeks. In one Greek myth, the fish represented Aphrodite and her son Eros, who plunged into the Euphrates to escape Typhon, a multiheaded monster. The Sun lies in Pisces from March 12th to April 18th and hence is in the constellation at the March Equinox.

 The Facts

  • Depiction: The Fishes
  • Pronounced: PIE-seez
  • Genitive: Piscium
  • Abbreviation: Psc
  • Highest in the Sky: October to November
  • Size Ranking: 14th
  • Coverage Area: 889 Sq. Degrees
  • Right Acension: 1 hour
  • Declination: 15°
  • Visibility: 84°N to 55°S

 Notable Objects

  • Alpha Piscium: Binary star
  • M74: Galaxy
  • NGC 676: Spindle galaxy

 Named Stars

  • Alrisha, Alpha Piscium
  • Fum al Samaka, Beta Piscium

 Best Viewed Objects/Stars

The Circlet

 A ring of 7 stars of 4th and 5th magnitudes, south of the Great Square of Pegasus, that represents the body of the more southerly of the two fish. It consist of Gamma, Kappa, Lambda, TX, Iota, Theta, and 7 Piscium.

Alpha Piscium

 A binary star. A telescope with an aperture of 3 in (75 mm) or more is needed to separate the close blue-white components of magnitude 4.2 and 5.2. The two stars, which lie 140 light-years away, have an orbital period of nearly 1,000 years and are currently moving closer together as seen from Earth.

Zeta Piscium

 A wide double star.. The unrelated components of magnitudes 5.2 and 6.4 lie 150 and 195 light years away. They can be divided with a small telescope.

Ps-1 Piscium

 A wide double star with components of magnitudes of 5.3 and 5.5 that can be separated with a small telescope. Both stars lie about 230 light years away.

TX Piscium (19 Piscium)

 A variable red giant that ranges from about magnitude 4.8 to 5.2 with no set period.


 A spiral galaxy visible through a small telescope as a rounded misty patch.

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