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