Constellation The Little Horse

Equuleus (The Little Horse): gift, map and visability

  • Meaning: The Little Horse
  • Best seen in: September
  • Family: Heavenly Waters
  • Latitude: +90° to -70°

Equuleus or The Little Horse is one of the 88 constellations modern astronomers have divided the sky into. It's part of the Heavenly Waters constellation family. Equuleus is best seen in September (from latitudes +90° to -70°).

The ‘little horse or foal’ is known as the ‘The First Horse’, because it rises before the constellation of Pegasus. The Greek writer Geminus, who predated Ptolemy by a century or two, tells us that Hipparchus introduced a constellation called ‘Protome hippou’ in the second century BC. Equuleus is thought to represent Celeris, brother-horse of Pegasus in Greek Mythology.

Equuleus Constellation Map

Equuleus Constellation Map
Equuleus icon

Main Stars in The Little Horse (Equuleus)

The constellation Equuleus contains several bright stars that make up its shape. Some of these main stars are known as:

  • Kitalpha
  • Delta Equulei
  • Gamma Equulei
  • Beta Equulei
  • Lambda Equulei
  • Epsilon Equulei
  • 3 Equulei

Some of the deep sky objects which have been discovered in Equuleus include: NGC 7015, NGC 7040, NGC 7045, NGC 7046.

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