Northern Hemisphere

Pegasus Pegasi (Peg)

WIDTH HI DEPTH ll SIZE RANKING 7» fULLY VISIBLE 90°n-53°s

Pegasus adjoins Andromeda, north of the zodiacal constellations Aquarius and Pisces. Its most notable feature is the Great Square formed by four stars, although one of these actually belongs to Andromeda. Only the forequarters of the horse are shown in the sky, but even so it is still the seventh-largest constellation. One of the original 48 Greek constellations, Pegasus was the flying horse ridden by the Greek hero Bellerophon. Pegasus was born from the body of Medusa the Gorgon when she was decapitated by Perseus. Sometimes Pegasus is wrongly identified as the steed of Perseus.

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