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Set B3 - Out Into Space - card information

42. Pegasus
(The Winged Horse)

42. Pegasus (The Winged Horse)

Pegasus is seen upside down in our latitudes. Only half of Pegasus is illustrated in celestial maps - one star, Alpheratz, forming part of the adjoining constellation of Andromeda. It is prominent on the meridian at midnight in September. There are many small stars within and in clear atmosphere over 100 may be observed. Markab, a white star of second magnitude, is a navigational star. Scheat is a deep yellow star also of second magnitude. According to mythology Bellerophon tried to ride to heaven on Pegasus' back and was thrown off.