The Fish

Abbreviation: Psc
Genitive: Piscium
Origin: [antiquity]

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Pisces is a member of the zodiac. The constellation represents two fish tied with a ribbon or cord, and is associated with the Greek myth of the monster Typhon. Typhon attacked the gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus. Most of the denizens of the mountain fled, including Aphrodite and her son Eros who were helped to escape by two fish. The tails of the fish were tied together to avoid them losing each other. After Typhon was eventually defeated, the gods honoured the two fish by placing them in the sky.

The circle of stars ι Psc, θ Psc, γ Psc, κ Psc and λ Psc is an asterism called the 'Circlet'.

Notable Features

Designation Name Description
α Psc Alrescha Alrescha is a telescopic binary. It marks the spot where the two fish are connected with a cord so it is appropriate that the name means 'cord' in Arabic.
β Psc Fumalsamakah
ζ Psc Revati
η Psc Alpherg
ο Psc Torcular
M74 A small telescope is needed to view this grand design spiral galaxy although its low surface brightness makes it a difficult object to spot.