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Pisces (abbr. Psc, gen. Piscium)





The Fish. Pisces is a large but faint north equatorial constellation and the twelfth of the zodiac. It lies just north of Aquarius and Cetus and is surrounded by Pegasus, Andromeda, Triangulum, and Aries. The vernal equinox lies within Pisces. Directly south of the Square of Pegasus lies another asterism known as the Circlet, or the Western Fish, formed by the stars Gamma, b, Theta, Iota, 19, Lambda, and Kappa Psc. The main deep-sky object of note is the classic type Sc galaxy M74. To see more than the bright core very good observing conditions are needed; under such circumstances a scope with an aperture of about 10 cm reveals a bit of the spiral arms. See below for details of the constellation's brightest stars.


Pisces constellation
Pisces. © 2003 Torsten Bronger.
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Stars brighter than magnitude 4.0
Star Visual
mag.
Abs.
mag.
Spectral
type
Distance
(lt-yr)
R.A. (h m s) Dec. ( ° ' '' )
Eta (Alpherg) 3.62 -1.16 G8IIIa 294 01 13 29 +15 20 45
Gamma 3.70 0.68 G7III 131 23 17 10 +03 16 56
Alpha (Alrescha) 3.79 0.96 A3m+A0pSiSr 139 02 02 03 +02 45 49


Constellations
Andromeda | Antlia | Apus | Aquarius | Aquila | Ara | Aries | Auriga | Bootes | Caelum | Camelopardalis | Cancer | Canes Venatici | Canis Major | Canis Minor | Capricornus | Carina | Cassiopeia | Centaurus | Cepheus | Cetus | Chamaeleon | Circinus | Columba | Coma Berenices | Corona Austrina | Corona Borealis | Corvus | Crater | Crux | Cygnus | Delphinus | Dorado | Draco | Equuleus | Eridanus | Fornax | Gemini | Grus | Hercules | Horologium | Hydra | Hydrus | Indus | Lacerta | Leo | Leo Minor | Lepus | Libra | Lupus | Lynx | Lyra | Mensa | Microscopium | Monoceros | Musca | Norma | Octans | Ophiuchus | Orion | Pavo | Pegasus | Perseus | Phoenix | Pictor | Pisces | Piscis Austrinus | Puppis | Pyxis | Reticulum | Sagitta | Sagittarius | Scorpius | Sculptor | Scutum | Serpens | Sextans | Taurus | Telescopium | Triangulum | Triangulum Australe | Tucana | Ursa Major | Ursa Minor | Vela | Virgo | Volans | Vulpecula


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