Name a Star in the Piscis Austrinus Constellation

Modified: July 1, 2023     Author: International Star Registry

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Known also as the Southern Fish, this constellation lies immediately south of Capricorn and Aquarius. There is one very bright star in Piscis Austrinus. “Fomalhaut”, meaning “the mouth of the fish”, is a first magnitude star. It shines brightly in a relatively dark sky. It is one of Ptolemy’s original 48 constellations which he called Ichthus Notios. This constellation claimed a larger area of the sky until Petrus Planicus split off a section to the south in the 16th century, which he dubbed “Grus”. The current constellation boundaries were set by Belgian astronomer Eugène Delporte in 1930. Constellation Piscis Austrinus, was also called Piscis Notius until the 20th century. Other named for the constellation have included Piscis Australis and Piscis Meridanus. 

The stories associated with this constellation extend back many centuries to the Babylonians. In Egyptian mythology, this is the fish who saved the life of the goddess Isis. The Syrians credited the fish with saving the fertility Goddess Atargatis. The Greeks credited the fish with saving the lives of Aphrodite and her son Eros. In some Greek myths, this fish is the mother of the twin fish Pisces who reside north of the celestial equator. This sacred fish has been depicted as swallowing the water Aquarius is pouring from his vessel. Piscis Austrinus is brightest in September and can be seen from the United States and areas further south. It is bordered by the constellations Aquarius, Capricornus, Grus, Microscopium, and Sculptor. 

This is a great place to name a star for an adventurous fisherman taking on once is in lifetime trip. They can locate bright star Formalhaut in the southern sky. If you are looking for a unique and meaningful gift for someone celebrating their 75th birthday, consider choosing this constellation when you buy a star package with International Star Registry. Piscis Austrinus has a rich history associated with tales of heroism. Whether you are looking to surprise a loved one or celebrating your own milestone birthday, naming a star in the constellation Piscis Austrinus is a gift that will be cherished for a lifetime.  Click here for more information.

Symbol : PsA  

Right Ascension : 10:50  

Declination : -30  

Diameter (°) :  

Area (square °) : 245  

Opposition : Sep 03  

Size Rank : 60th  

Brightness Rank : 39th  

Genitive : Piscis Austrini 


Major Stars in Piscis Austrinus 

Fomalhaut – α Piscis Austrini (Alpha Piscis Austrini) 

TW Piscis Austrini 

ε Piscis Austrini (Epsilon Piscis Austrini) 

δ Piscis Austrini (Delta Piscis Austrini) 

β Piscis Austrini (Beta Piscis Austrini) 

ι Piscis Austrini (Iota Piscis Austrini) 

γ Piscis Austrini (Gamma Piscis Austrini) 

μ Piscis Austrini (Mu Piscis Austrini) 

τ Piscis Austrini (Tau Piscis Austrini) 

θ Piscis Austrini (Theta Piscis Austrini) 

π Piscis Austrini (Pi Piscis Austrini) 

η Piscis Austrini (Eta Piscis Austrini) 

Lacaille 9352 

HD 216770 

S Piscis Austrini 

V Piscis Austrini 


Deep sky objects in Piscis Austrinus 

Hickson Compact Group 90 (HCG 90) 

NGC 7314 

NGC 7172 


Q. What is Piscis Austrinus? 

A. Piscis Austrinus is the 60th constellation in size, occupying an area of 245 square degrees. 

Q. What is Piscis Austrinus constellation? 

A. Its name means “the southern fish” in Latin. 

Q. What is the brightest star in the constellation? 

A. Fomalhaut is the brightest star in the constellation with a magnitude of 1.16 

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