Constellation The Winged Horse

Pegasus (The Winged Horse): gift, map and visability

  • Meaning: The Winged Horse
  • Best seen in: October
  • Family: Perseus
  • Latitude: +90° to -60°

Pegasus or The Winged Horse is one of the 88 constellations modern astronomers have divided the sky into. It's part of the Perseus constellation family. Pegasus is best seen in October (from latitudes +90° to -60°).

The constellation is found next to Andromeda with whom Pegasus shares the star Alpheratz. This star joins with the three other brightest stars of the horse to form the Great Square of Pegasus. On its northern border lies Stephen’s Quintet, a group of five galaxies close to one another. In mythology, Pegasus helped the Greek hero Bellerophon when he fought the Chimera. The hero was able to tame the flying horse with the help of the goddess Athena.

Pegasus Constellation Map

Pegasus Constellation Map
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Main Stars in The Winged Horse (Pegasus)

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

  • Enif
  • Markab
  • Scheat
  • Algenib
  • Homam
  • Matar
  • Baham

Some of the deep sky objects which have been discovered in Pegasus include: Cumulo de Pegaso, Stephan’s Quintet, NGC 7320, NGC 7317, NGC 7318, NGC 7319, Einstein Cross.

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