The constellation known as Pegasus is located rather low in the northern sky and can be seen all the way down into the southern hemisphere.
It is unknown exactly where Pegasus came from, but Medusa is almost certainly involved in the process. Perseus was successful in slaying the Medusa and removing her head. At that moment, Pegasus emerged from Medusa’s neck and began his life as a flying horse.
According to some versions of the myth, Pegasus was born when the blood from Medusa’s head fell into the water and mixed with the foam from the waves.
In either case, Pegasus was deserving of his spot in the clouds.
It is rumoured that with a single stamp of his enormous hoof, Pegasus can construct springs out of thin air.
The Spring of Hippocrene is an example of one of these springs, and it is famous for serving as a source of creativity for poets.
Bellerophon, an ancient hero, is credited with taming Pegasus and riding the winged horse on several of his quests.
Bellerophon, who was suffering from a swollen head, made an attempt to ride Pegasus to the peak of Mount Olympus and join the gods there.
Zeus was so enraged by this behaviour that he dispatched a gadfly to bite Pegasus. Because of this, the horse threw Bellerophon off of its back, and the fall ultimately proved fatal to Bellerophon.
Pegasus continued his journey to Olympus, where he was a servant to 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)
Named Stars: 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, Aquarius, Pisces, and Andromeda.
Alpha Andromedae was Delta Pegasi. It’s one corner of the asterism “the Great Square of Pegasus”.
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 individual stars.
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 is NGC7331.
The star 51 pegasi is the first star similar to our sun to have confirmed extra-solar planets.
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