Piscis Austrinus

Tuesday 19 September 2017 - 21:30:24 Posted by  Bobby

 Mythology of Piscis Austrinus

Piscis Austrinus is a small constellation of the southern sky that was known to the ancient Greeks. It depicts a fish into whose mouth Aquarius, represented by the constellation to the north, pours water from his urn. In Greek mythology, this fish was also the parent of the two fishes represented by Pisces. The name of the constellation is sometimes given as Piscis Australis.

 The Facts

  • Depiction: The Southern Fish
  • Pronounced: PIE-siss oss-TRY-nuss
  • Genitive: Piscis Austni
  • Abbreviation: PsA
  • Highest in the Sky: September to October
  • Size Ranking: 60th
  • Coverage Area: 245 Sq. Degrees
  • Right Acension: 22 hours
  • Declination: -30°
  • Visibility: 52°N to 90°S

 Notable Objects

  • Alpha Piscis Austrini: Star
  • Beta Piscis Austrini: Double star
  • Delta Piscis Austrini: Binary star
  • Gamma Piscis Austrini: Double star
  • IC 5271: Elliptical galaxy
  • NGC 7314: Spiral galaxy

 Named Stars

  • Formalhaut, Alpha Piscis Austrini

 Best Viewed Objects/Stars

Alpha Piscis Austrini

 A blue-white star that lies 35 light-years away. At magnitude 1.2, it is not only the brightest star in the constellation but also ranks among the 20 brightest stars in the sky. The name Fomalhaut is derived from an Arabic term that means "fish's mouth, which describes the place the star occupies in the celestial pattern.

Beta Piscis Austrini

 A wide double star divisible with a small telescope. Its two components are of magnitudes 4.3 and 7.7.

Gamma Piscis Austrini

 A double star. With a small telescope it is difficult to separate the stars, as the 5th magnitude primary greatly outshines its close 8th-magnitude neighbor.
Piscis Austrinus

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