Thursday 2 July 2020

Astrognome A-Z of Constellations # 67 Piscis Austrinus

Piscis Austrinus The Southern Fish
This constellation has been known since ancient times and is often represented as a fish drinking the flow of water from the urn of the neighbouring Aquarius the water bearer. The fish has been identified with the Babylonian fish god Oannes and is said to be the parent of the zodiacal fish Pisces.
Alpha or Fomalhaut which means the fishes mouth is the most southerly of the 1st magnitude stars from that can be seen from Britain, it is seen autumn can can be found by using the two right hand stars of the square of Pegasus. Fomalhaut is of magnitude 1.2 and is an A3 star with a temperature of 8,000’C and lies at a distance of 25 light years.
Beta magnitude 4.3 is an A1 star 143 light years away with a temperature of 9,300’C..

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