The Constellation Directory


"The Fishes"


By IAU and Sky & Telescope magazine (Roger Sinnott & Rick Fienberg) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Abbreviation: Psc
Genitive: Piscium
Constellation family: Zodiac
Nearest constellations: Andromeda, Aquarius, Aries, Cetus, Pegasus, and Triangulum
Right ascension: 0.86h
Declination: 11.08°
Visible between latitudes: +90° and -65°
Square degrees: 889
Luminary: Eta Piscium
Named stars: Alrescha, Fum al Samakah, and Torcularis Septentrionalis
Notable deep sky objects: M74


Pisces is a large constellation in the Northern Hemisphere that is best seen in November. It is one of the constellations of the zodiac and is the last of the 12 signs, after Aquarius and before Aries.

Pisces by Sidney Hall

Sidney Hall [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The two fish in Pisces used to be represented as facing (or swimming) in the same direction, but now they are more commonly depicted as pointing in opposite directions.


In Greek mythology, Pisces represents Aphrodite and Eros (or Venus and Cupid in Roman mythology) who turned into fish to escape the monster Typhon when he appeared and threatened the gods.