Pisces Constellation Facts
Pisces is one of the constellations of the zodiac and belongs to the 88 modern constellations.
According to the tropical astrology the Sun resides in Pisces from February 19 to March 20 while in the sidereal astrology is it said to transit it from March 15 to April 14. Astrologically, this is associated with the planet Neptune.
Dimensions: 889 square degrees.
Brightness: Quite a faint constellation with no stars of magnitude higher than 3.
History: The name of this constellation comes from the Latin “fish”. This is the fish from the Greek legend of Aphrodite and Eros. It was first described by the astronomer Ptolemy.
Legend says it dates back from the Babylonian constellation Sinunutu4 “the great swallow”.
Then the Greeks associated it with the fish in the legend of Aphrodite and the defense of Pan who turned himself in a fish in order to warn the gods.
The astronomer Johannes Hevelius depicted Pisces as made from four parts: Piscis Boreus, Linum Boreum, Linum Austrinum and Piscis Austrinus.
Stars: Amongst the stars of Pisces constellation there is Van Maanen’s Star, Al Rischa, Fum al Samakah and Linteum.
Galaxies: There is M74, a spiral galaxy that has many clusters and associated nebulae or CL 0024+1654 another galaxy cluster.