The Constellation Pegagsus

By, Courtnie Randolph

Myth

Pegasus was an immortal winged horse which sprang forth from the neck of Medusa when she was beheaded by the hero Perseus, Pegasus was tamed by bellerophon, a korinthian hero, who rode him into battle against the fire breathing khimaira. Later after the hero attempted to fly to heaven. The gods cause the horse to buck. throwing him back to earth. Pegasus continued to wing it's way to heaven where it took place in the stables of Zeus.

When it is Seen

Pegasus appears in the south part of the sky, only in Autumn.

Stars

Pegasus is marked by "the great square of Pegasus four stars in the horse's body that from a square whose sides are each over 10 degrees across, You can find the square of Pegasus by following the big dipper through Polaris and then twice as far on Polaris other side. One of the stars (Alpheratz) is achuly over the boundary into the constellation Andromeda. The other three stars are in Pegasus. All are between 2nd and 3rd magnitude. There are no bigger stars to the square.

Information

Pegasus is home to a few faint galaxies and a globular cluster. The great winged horse Pegasus is one of the most ancient of Astromonist symbols, with coins depicting a winged hose dating back to 430 BC it is one of the 48 constellations listed by the 1st century astronomer Ptolemy, and remains of the 88 modern constellations.