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Constellation Data

  • Translation: Southern Fish
  • Abbreviation: PsA
  • Genitive: Piscis Austrini
  • Size: 60
  • Located Between: Aquarius
  • RA: 22 hours
  • Decl: -30 degrees
  • Season: Fall
  • Midnight Culmination: August 25
  • Pages where PISCIS AUSTRINUS is discussed in Chet Raymo's 365 Starry Nights: 162,169

What is the Genitive form?
What is Right Ascension (RA)?
Is this constellation ever visible from my latitude? What is Declination?

Where should I look for a constellation on a date before or after its midnight culmination? What is Midnight Culmination?


An ancient constellation, representing the Babylonian fish-god Oannes, who came to Earth to teach humans how to become civilized (do we need him to return now?).


The Southern Fish is also called Piscis Australis. Unlike Pisces, the zodiac constellation which consists of two fish held together by a string, Piscis Austrinus is a single fish. Piscis Austrinus is a very faint constellation located south of Aquarius, and is often depicted as drinking from Aquarius' water jar (but why would a fish want to drink water??). Except for the bright star Formalhaut, Piscis Austrinus is rather unremarkable.

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Special Stars

Alpha-Piscis Austrini, better known as Formalhaut (Arabic for "mouth of the fish"), is one of the southernmost bright, first-magnitude stars visible to northern latitudes. Declination: -30 degrees south. Distance: 22 LY. Locate Formalhaut by tracing south from beta-Pegasis through alpha-Pegasi, across Pisces and Aquarius. Formalhaut is surrounded by a cloud of cool gas, possibly planet-forming material, according to 1983 measurements by the Infra-Red Astronomical Satellite.

Table of 25 Brightest Stars.
What is apparent stellar magnitude?

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