Anna Thirakul
Matt Stevens

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Abbreviation: Peg
Symbol: Winged Horse
Major Stars:




the saddle of the horse




the leg




the flank

IK Pegasi: supernova candidate
51 Pegasi: Sun-like star with an extrasolar planet
Name of star: Pegasi
Translation: The Winged Horse
Distance: 333 Light-years away (Algenib
); 199 Light-years away (Scheat); 140 light-years away (Markab); 97 light-years (Alpheratz)
Magnitude: Two stars at magnitude 3.4 and 3.5 named Homam and Biham
head star:
2.38 Enif
Spectral Class: M15
Information: Pegasus was one of the first 48 constellations identified and it is one of the 88 modern constellations recognized. A star inside of it is the first sun-like star to have an extra-solar planet. These planets are some of the first to have water vapor in their atmospheres.
Season: Pegasus can be seen at the end of summer and early fall.
Right ascension: 23h
Declination: positive 20 degrees
Story: Pegasus is the offspring of Poseidon and Medusa; he sprang from the head of his mother when she was beheaded by Perseus. Pegasus was charged with carrying the lightning bolts of Zeus. He also aided Bellerophon in his battles against monsters. Pegasus was allowed to enter Mt. Olympus, but Bellerophon fell to earth from the heavens because he was not a god. Perseus also flew Perseus to rescue the Princess Andromeda. Pegasus is not immortal, after his great service to the gods he was placed as a constellation by Zeus.
Sun’s Path: the sun never passes through Pegasus.

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