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Pisces (Fishes)

The Fishes are an old constellation. They represent Venus and her son, leaping into the sea and transforming themselves into fishes to escape from the monster Typhon. The fishes are tied together with their tails, where the star α Piscium marks the knot.
The Fishes contain the Vernal (Spring) Equinox. Every year, the sun moves from the southern hemisphere to the northern hemisphere while being located in Pisces. This happens around March 20, and it marks the beginning of Spring in the northern hemisphere. In ancient times (some 2500 years ago), the spring equinox was located in the constellation Ram. Hence, this equinox is also known as First Point of Aries.
This constellation belongs to the zodiac. Its time of the year is between February 20 and March 20. This constellation does not belong to the zodiac. It's brightest star is η Piscium.
Neighboring constellations are Pegasus, Aquarius, Cetus, Aries, Triangulum, and Andromeda. Have a look at our full list of all constellations.
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Latin name:  Pisces (Psc)
English name:  Fishes
Abbreviation:  Psc
Zodiac:  February 20 - March 20
Brightest star:  η Piscium
Historic illustration of the Fishes in Urania's Mirror.

Objects in Fishes

A selection of interesting objects visible with a telescope.
M74 (NGC 628)
a spiral galaxy in the constellation Fishes
Image credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA).

NGC 488
a galaxy in the constellation Fishes
Image credit: Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona

NGC 575
a barred spiral galaxy in the constellation Fishes
Image credit: Sloan Digital Sky Survey

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