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Frying Up Some Southern Fish — A Peek At Piscis Austrinus

17 Oct 2019, 22:38 UTC
Frying Up Some Southern Fish — A Peek At Piscis Austrinus
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Fomalhaut and the Southern Fish (Piscis Austrinus) are only about 15-20° high in the southern sky on October nights, so look low! Fomalhaut is easy to spot in the south-southeast. It’s located 4.5 fists below the Great Square and 5 fists to the left or east of Saturn. You can’t miss it. Stellarium
Fish is a mainstay at our house with breaded tilapia and salmon favorites. Looking around the sky fish appear to be just as popular with no fewer than four finned constellations across both hemispheres. We have two in the north — Pisces and Piscis Austrinus the Southern Fish — and two strictly southern hemisphere groups, Dorado the Goldfish and Volans the Flying Fish. There are also three dog constellations but interestingly, not a single cat. Makes you wonder.
Pisces is a large, faint group we’ll visit on another occasion. Today we’ll meet Southern Fish, which as you might gather, is also shared by southern hemisphere skywatchers. In fact, it’s rather low in the sky seen from mid-northern latitudes and would otherwise escape notice were it not for its brightest star, a first magnitude gem named Fomalhaut.
See the fish now? Greek mythology tells us that Piscis Austrinus ...

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