Abbreviation:  Peg
English Name:  The Winged Horse
Genitive: Markab
Hemisphere:  Northern Hemisphere
Location: Between the constellations of Pisces and Vulpecula.
Visible between latitudes:  
+90 and -60 degrees
Best season: Autumn.
Seen in three seasons: Summer, Autumn & Winter.
Best seen in:  October
Seen between: August and December.
Right Ascension (RA):  22 hour
Declination (DEC):  +20 degrees
Area (square degrees):  1,121 (7th)

Pegasus (The Winged Horse)

  • Although this constellation has no really bright stars, it is easy to spot because of the three brightest stars (Markab, Scheat & Algenib) and other one star is actually part of Andromeda that made up to form of four stars of `Great Square`.
  • The area inside the Great Square containing no stars  brighter than magnitude +4.0

Messier Objects

  • M15  –  Globular Cluster; one of the best of the Northern Sky – visible through binoculars as a nebulous patch, in a telescope it is a real showpiece.

Features of Interest

  • NGC 7331  –  Galaxy; this spiral is the brightest one in Pegasus but is still only magnitude +9.0.
  • Stephan’s Quintet  –  very very faint group of galaxies; these galaxies are not really targets for the beginner, as they need at least a 10-inch telescope to be seen clearly.

Named Stars

  • Markab (Alpha Peg)
  • Scheat (Beta Peg)
  • Algenib (Gamma Peg)
  • Enif (Epsilon Peg)
  • Homam (Zeta Peg)
  • Matar (Eta Peg)
  • Baham (Theta Peg)
  • Salm (Tau Peg)


  • Photo of the constellation; Pegasus, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
  • Sky Chart  –  Pegasus
  • List of stars in Pegasus.


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