Pegasus (constellation) facts for kids
The constellation Pegasus as it can be seen by the naked eye.
|Symbolism||the Winged Horse / Pegasus|
|Right ascension||21h 12.6m to 00h 14.6m|
|Declination||+2.33° to +36.61°|
|Area||1121 sq. deg. (7th)|
|Main stars||9, 17|
|Stars with planets||12|
|Stars brighter than 3.00m||5|
|Stars within 10.00 pc (32.62 ly)||3|
|Brightest star||ε Peg (Enif) (2.38m)|
|Nearest star||EQ Peg
(20.38 ly, 6.25 pc)
|Meteor showers||July Pegasids|
|Visible at latitudes between +90° and −60°.
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of October.
Pegasus is a constellation in the northern sky, named after the winged horse Pegasus in Greek mythology. It was one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd-century astronomer Ptolemy, and is one of the 88 constellations recognised today.
With an apparent magnitude varying between 2.37 and 2.45, the brightest star in Pegasus is the orange supergiant Epsilon Pegasi, also known as Enif, which marks the horse's muzzle. Alpha (Markab), Beta (Scheat), and Gamma (Algenib), together with Alpha Andromedae (Alpheratz, once also designated Delta Pegasi) form the large asterism known as the Square of Pegasus. Twelve star systems have been found to have exoplanets. 51 Pegasi was the first Sun-like star discovered to have an exoplanet companion.
Images for kids
Pegasus with the foal Equuleus next to it, as depicted in Urania's Mirror, a set of constellation cards published in London c.1825. The horses appear upside-down in relation to the constellations around them.
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