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Pegasus - The Winged Horse


Mythology - Pegasus was born from the neck of Medusa after Perseus had decapitated her. This beautiful flying horse was eventually tamed by Bellerophon using a magic bridle given to him by Athene. One of Bellerophon's tasks was to slay the Chimæra, an unpleasant beast with the head of a lion, body of a goat and the tail of a serpent. This he duly did with the help of Pegasus. Legend names Pegasus as having brought forth the fountain of Hippocrene on Mount Helicon with the kick of his hooves.
Deepsky - The one easily accessible object in this large constellation is the globular cluster M15 just beyond the nose of Pegasus. This is a binocular object at mag. 6 and a fine sight in small telescopes.
Visibility - Pegasus is a signpost constellation visible throughout Autumn, but best seen between October and December