Pegasus

Mythology

Pegasus is the famous winged horse connected with the legends of Perseus and Andromeda. It is said that the animal was created from the blood of the monster Medusa which Perseus killed. Pegasus lived on Mt. Helicon and was said to have struck his hoof upon the ground and caused a fountain of water to gush forth. He was tamed by Neptune or Minerva and sometimes used by Jupiter to carry thunder and lightning. The symbol of the winged horse is found as far back as 430 BC on coins.

For the Observer

The Stars of Summer

Alpha Pegasi, Markab (23h 05m +15°12') is a 2.5 magnitude blue giant class B9 star. It lies 110 light years distant.

Beta Pegasi, Scheat (23h 04m +28°05') is a giant yellow-orange class M2 star. It has a magnitude of 2.5 and is 200 light years distant. Scheat is a variable star with a brightness range of 2.3 to 2.7.

Gamma Pegasi, Algenib (00h 13m +15°11') is a 2.8 magnitude blue-white class B2 star. It is slightly variable and difficult to notice any change. The star is 650 light years distant. It is believed that stars of this type are leaving the main sequence and moving on toward stellar "old age."

Epsilon Pegasi, Enif (21h 44m +09°53') is a yellow supergiant class K2 star. Its magnitude is 2.4 and it lies 800 light years from Earth.

Zeta Pegasi, Homam (22h 39m +10°34') The name of this star means "the lucky star of the hero." The magnitude is 3.4 and it is a blue class B8 star. Homam is about 210 light years distant.

M15 (NGC 7078) (21h 29m +12°05') This is one of the most attractive globular star clusters in the sky. It has over 250,000 stars and is about 34,000 light years distant. The cluster has a magnitude of 6.5 Through binouclars it looks more like a hazy star, but an 8 inch telescope will reveal individual stars.

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