Peg - Pegasus the Flying Horse

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Intro and Visual description

Farther along on the line from the Pointers to Polaris and Cassiopeia is a large, nearly perfect square of four stars. This is the Great Square of Pegasus. Pegasus, the Winged Horse, lies almost directly overhead in autumn. Located east of Andromeda; signals the coming of Fall. Because Pegasus flies so fast, his hind quarters can’t be seen.

Pegasus is included in the ancient star catalogs of Eudoxos of Knidos, Aratos of Soli, and Ptolemy.



Skylore and Literature:  See Andromeda and Perseus.

Movies: Clash of the Titans; Internet movie database.



Baseball Diamond (with Andromeda)
Great Square


Star Clusters

M15 (Globular cluster), mag. 6.4.





Constellation Info

Abbr: Peg

Genitive: Pegasi

Size: 7 of 88

RA: 23 hours

Evening culmination (9 pm): October

Midnight Culmination: August, September

Decl: 20 degrees

Entirely visible from: N of -54° latitude

Partially visible from: between -88° and -54° latitude

Not visible at all from: S of -88° latitude


Bordering constellations:

Constellation - Names

Arabic: الفرس الأعظم

Chinese: 飛馬座

English: Flying Horse

French: Pégase

German: Pegasus

Greek: Πήγασος

Hebrew: פגסוס

Italian: Pegaso

Latin: Pegasus

Russian: Пегас

Spanish: Pegaso

Related Objects

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