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When is the constellation Pegasus visible?

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The Pegasus constellation is visible in the Northern Hemisphere from the end of summer through autumn. The Southern Hemisphere is able to view the constellation in late winter through spring.

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Pegasus is named after the mythical winged horse of Greek mythology. Pegasus sprang from the neck of Medusa, a gorgon whose gaze turned men to stone, when she was beheaded by Perseus. The name Pegasus means "springs" or "waters". Pegasus attempted to carry the hero Bellerophon to Olympus to join the gods but failed. Bellerophon fell off, and Pegasus continued to Olympus where he carried thunder and lightning for Zeus. Zeus eventually placed Pegasus among the stars. The constellation only depicts the top portion of the horse but is still the seventh largest constellation. It occupies an area of approximately 1121 square degrees.

Pegasus contains eight stars with known planets. The nose of the horse is formed by Enif, the brightest star in the constellation. Enif is an orange supergiant located 672 light years from Earth. Other stars comprising the constellation include a red giant, a main sequence star, a hot blue star, a binary star, a Class B dwarf star, a yellow dwarf star and a massive white dwarf star.

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