Pegasus Constellation Of The Flying Horse
The Pegasus constellation flies low in the northern sky
and is visible deep into the southern hemisphere.
The origin of Pegasus is not clear, but does mostly
seem to involve Medusa.
slew the Medusa and cut off the head. At that
point Pegasus was born by springing forth from
In other versions the blood of Medusa's head
dripped into the ocean and mixing with seafoam
Either way Pegasus earned a place in the sky.
Pegasus is said to be able to create springs with
one stamp of his mighty hoof.
One such spring is the Spring of Hippocrene, noted
for being the source of inspiration to poets.
The ancient hero Bellerophon tamed Pegasus and
rode him during some of his adventures.
Bellerophon with a swelled head tried to fly
Pegasus to the top of Mount Olympus and join
This action angered Zeus and he sent a gadfly to bite
Pegasus. This caused the horse to buck Bellerophon
from his back killing him from the fall.
Pegasus flew on to Olympus where he served Zeus.
Flying Amongst The Constellations
Right Ascension: 22 hours
Declination: 20 degrees
Visible between latitudes 90 and -60 degrees
Best seen in October (at 9:00 PM)
MARKAB (Alpha Peg)
SCHEAT (Beta Peg)
ALGENIB (Gamma Peg)
ENIF (Epsilon Peg)
Homam (Zeta Peg)
Matar (Eta Peg)
Baham (Theta Peg)
Salm (Tau Peg)
Pegasus shares borders with Lacerta, Cygnus,
Vulpecula, Delphinus, Equuleus,
Alpha Andromedae was Delta Pegasi. It's
one corner of the asterism "the Great Square
Enif(epsilon pegasi) is a double star resolvable
in small telescopes. they are a 2.39 magnitude
supergiant and a 9 magnitude companion.
Globular cluster M15 is very bright and nice to view
in binoculars or small telescopes.
In 150mm(6in) scopes M15 can be resolved into some
M15 is located near Enif at the tip of the nose.
There are about 12 galaxies located in the
constellation Pegasus. The brightest of these
The star 51 pegasi is the first star similar to
our sun to have confirmed extra-solar planets.
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