Constellation The Southern Fish

Piscis Austrinus (The Southern Fish): gift, map and visability

  • Meaning: The Southern Fish
  • Best seen in: October
  • Family: Heavenly Waters
  • Latitude: +50° to -90°

Piscis Austrinus or The Southern Fish is one of the 88 constellations modern astronomers have divided the sky into. It's part of the Heavenly Waters constellation family. Piscis Austrinus is best seen in October (from latitudes +50° to -90°).

Fomalhaut, the 18th brightest star in the sky and just 25 light years from Earth, marks Piscis Austrinus. In the sky, the fish is shown drinking the water flowing from the jar of Aquarius, a strange thing for a fish to do. The flow of water ends at Fomalhaut. Piscis Austrinus was the final constellation in Ptolemy’s catalog. The shape is made from sixteen main stars.

Piscis Austrinus Constellation Map

Piscis Austrinus Constellation Map
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Main Stars in The Southern Fish (Piscis Austrinus)

The constellation Piscis Austrinus contains several bright stars that make up its shape. Some of these main stars are known as:

  • Fomalhaut
  • TW Piscis Austrini
  • Epsilon Piscis Austrini
  • Delta Piscis Austrini
  • Beta Piscis Austrini
  • Iota Piscis Austrini
  • Lacaille 9352

Some of the deep sky objects which have been discovered in Piscis Austrinus include: NGC 7173, NGC 7174, NGC 7176, NGC 7314, NGC 7172.

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