Pisces

Pisces is a Zodiacal constellation otherwise known as the Fishes. It is one of the 48 Greek constellations originally described by the 2nd century astronomer Claudius Ptolemy (Wikipedia). Pisces remains one of the 88 modern constellations defined by the International Astronomical Union (Wikipedia).

Pisces (abbrev. = Psc; genitive = Piscium) covers 889 square degrees or 2.16% of the celestial sphere making it the 14th largest constellation. It contains 150 stars brighter than apparent magnitude 6.5, the brightest star being Eta Piscium. See the Pisces Star Chart for a figure illustrating this constellation including the identification of its brighter stars. Note that the two bright stars in the upper left corner of the image above belong to the constellation Aries.

For more information see the entries for Pisces at Wikipedia and U. Wisconsin. For a chart of Pisces, see Psc (IAU).


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