Pegasus: The Winged Horse


Pegasus, The Winged Horse

Pegasus as depicted by Johann Bayer in his Uranometria (1603). Source image provided by — Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc.

Pegasus Constellation Profile
Abbreviation: Peg Genitive: Pegasi Origin: Ancient
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
Name Messier NGC Type Visibility
M15 NGC 7078 Globular Cluster Binoculars


Bright Stars in Pegasus

These are the stars in Pegasus with a minimum magnitude of 3.0.

Name Bayer Name Magnitude Color Luminosity Distance
Enif Epsilon Pegasi 2.38  Orange 26,203 suns 673 ly
Scheat Beta Pegasi 2.44  Red 3,878 suns 199 ly
Markab Alpha Pegasi 2.49  Blue-White 193 suns 140 ly
Algenib Gamma Pegasi 2.83  Blue 2,564 suns 333 ly
Matar Eta Pegasi 2.93  Yellow 327 suns 215 ly