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Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders by Barbara Fritchman Thompson, Robert Bruce Thompson

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37Pisces, The Fishes

NAME: Pisces (PYE-seez)

SEASON: Autumn

CULMINATION: midnight, 27 September

ABBREVIATION: Psc

GENITIVE: Piscium (PYE-see-um)

NEIGHBORS: And, Aqr, Ari, Cet, Peg, Tri

BINOCULAR OBJECTS: none

URBAN OBJECTS: none

Pisces is a large, very dim north-equatorial constellation that ranks 14th in size among the 88 constellations. Pisces covers 889 square degrees of the celestial sphere, or about 2.2%. Despite the fact that its brightest star is only fourth magnitude, it’s relatively easy to locate the large V outline of Pisces, assuming that you are fully dark-adapted and observing from a dark site.

Pisces is an ancient constellation, recognized as such since at least Babylonian times, and usually associated with fishes and water. ...

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