Piscesis 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.
Depiction: The Fishes
Highest in the Sky: October to November
Size Ranking: 14th
Coverage Area: 889 Sq. Degrees
Right Acension: 1 hour
Visibility: 84°N to 55°S
Alpha Piscium: Binary star
NGC 676: Spindle galaxy
Alrisha, Alpha Piscium
Fum al Samaka, Beta Piscium
Best Viewed Objects/Stars
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.
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.
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.
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.