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Pegasus

Quick Facts

Name:Pegasus
PEG-uh-suss
Meaning:Winged Horse (Proper)
Abbreviation:Peg
Genitive:Pegasi
Visible in Latitudes:90° thru -60°
Viewing Season:Fall
Best Seen In:October, 9:00 pm
Transit Date:September 7
Right Ascension:22.75 hours
Declination:19.5 degrees
Area:1120.794 sq. degrees

Star Diagram

Star Diagram: Pegasus

About Pegasus

Pegasus, the son of Neptune and Medusa, sprang from the blood of Medusa when it dropped into the sea after her head had been severed by Perseus. Pegasus appears again and again throughout mythology; he was captured by Bellerophon at the water of his fountain and ridden by him when he killed Chimaera. Pegasus became the thundering horse of Zeus which is why he appears among the stars.

Named Stars

 
NameStar
MarkabAlpha Peg
ScheatBeta Peg
AlgenibGamma Peg
EnifEpsilon Peg
HomamZeta Peg
MatarEta Peg
BahamTheta Peg
SalmTau Peg

Messier Objects

 
NameType
M15Globular Cluster

Neighboring Constellations

AquariusEquuleus
AndromedaLacerta
CygnusPisces
DelphinusVulpecula
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