Pegasus and Equuleus - Downloadable article
A multitude of galaxies and one glorious globular cluster highlight this pair of celestial horses.
March 3, 2009
|This downloadable article is from an Astronomy magazine 45-article series called "Celestial Portraits." The collection highlights all 88 constellations in the sky and explains how to observe each constellation's deep-sky targets. The articles feature star charts, stunning pictures, and constellation mythology. We've put together 11 digital packages. Each one contains four Celestial Portraits articles for you to purchase and download..|
"Pegasus and Equuleus" is one of four articles included in Celestial Portraits Package 4.
As the rich star fields and magnificent nebulae of the summer Milky Way sink toward the western horizon, the more subtle beauty of the autumn sky takes center stage. At this time of year, our view reaches well beyond the confines of our own galaxy to the myriad galaxies that pervade the cosmos.
Even the star patterns visible in autumn pale in comparison to those in the splashy summer sky. Perhaps the most recognizable of these asterisms passes nearly overhead as seen from mid-northern latitudes. The Great Square of Pegasus consists of four bright stars that form the body and wings of the mythological Winged Horse. Unfortunately, few people can see the rest of the equine's shape in its stars. One of the least significant constellations precedes Pegasus to the meridian. Equuleus the Little Horse contains two 4th-magnitude stars and three 5th-magnitude stars, making the sky's second smallest constellation easy to overlook. To read the complete article, purchase and download Celestial Portraits Package 4.
|Deep-sky objects in Pegasus and Equuleus|
NGC 7814, Epsilon Equulei, M15 (NGC 7078), Pease 1, NGC 7094, NGC 7217, Stephan's Quintet, NGC 7331, NGC 7332, NGC 7457, NGC 7479, NGC 7626, NGC 7678, UGC 12613, Jones 1, NGC 7741