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Constellation Data

  • Name: PISCES
  • Translation: Two Fish
  • Abbreviation: Psc
  • Genitive: Piscium
  • Size: 14
  • Regions: Equatorial, Zodiac
  • RA: 0 hours
  • Decl: +15 degrees
  • Season: Fall
  • Midnight Culmination: September 27
  • Pages where PISCES is discussed in Chet Raymo's 365 Starry Nights: 196-197

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?


According to Roman legend, Venus and her son Cupid escaped from Typhon, a fire-monster, by swimming through the sea. To stay together in the dark depths, they tied themselves together by a rope.

According to medieval tradition, Pisces was associated by ancient Babylonian or Persian magi with the nation of Israel, which led Kepler to consider it as a likely location of the star of Bethlehem. (Hellenistic and Roman astrologers associated Aries, not Pisces, with Israel.)


South of Pegasus and Andromeda, near Aquarius. Pisces represents two fish tied together by two cords:

The brightest star, alpha-Piscium, is known as El-Rischa or the "knot" because it ties the two cords together with the two fish on the opposite ends. Alpha-Piscium lies nestled up next to Mira, a bright variable star of the constellation Cetus the Whale.

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What is an Asterism?

Special Stars

The reddish star TX Piscium varies in brightness.

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


M74 (Spiral galaxy), mag. 9.3.

What are Galaxies?
Table of Messier Objects.
What is apparent Magnitude?

Discussed in these Shows

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