Pegasus as depicted by Johann Bayer in his Uranometria (1603). Source image provided by www.RareMaps.com — Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc.
|Pegasus Constellation Profile
|Location: Northern Hemisphere
||Size/Area: 1121 sq. deg.
||Size Rank: 7
|On Meridian: 9pm October 20th
||Best View (North): Autumn
||Best View (South):
|Bordering Constellations: Lacerta, Cygnus, Vulpecula, Delphinus, Equuleus, Aquarius, Pisces, Andromeda
The Myth Behind the Constelltion Pegasus
Pegasus was the winged-horse that sprang from the blood of Medusa when Perseus cut her head off. He served as Perseus’ steed and helped the hero defeat the sea-monster Cetus to save Princess Andromeda and the country of Aethiopia.
Athena took Pegasus to Mount Helicon, the mountain of the muses, where with a single kick of his hoof started the flowing of the famous spring of Hippocrene, said to be the source of all poetic inspiration.
Pegasus Constellation Points of Interest
|Interesting Objects in the Constellation Pegasus
Bright Stars in Pegasus
These are the stars in Pegasus with a minimum magnitude of 3.0.