Piscis Austrinus

The Southern Fish

Piscis Austrinus Constellation

The Brighter Stars of Piscis Austrinus

Origin of the Constellation

There is little classical mythology associated with the Southern Fish. According to Ridpath, the fish is associated with the Syrian Fertility Goddess Atagartis, who fell into a lake near the Euphrates River and was saved by a large fish.

The Southern Fish is always shown with its mouth open drinking the water pouring from the jar of Aquarius. According to Staal, the fish is often seen as a sign of salvation in the legends of a great deluge. The fish drinks the waters of the flood to save the world.

The Southern Fish is sometimes seen as the parent of the two fish of Pisces.  


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