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The constellation, Pegasus. To see the Winged Horse, you must imagine the constellation in the image flipped over.
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Pegasus

The constellation, Pegasus, is a winged horse. Only the front half of the horse is in the sky. Can you see a horse in the picture? Imagine it upside-down! Then you will see a body with a neck and two legs. The body is called the "Square of Pegasus". It is easy to find the constellation if you first find the square.

The story of Pegasus is found in Greek mythology. The horse became friends with the warrior Bellerophon. Once, Bellerophon tried to fly to Mount Olympus on top of Pegasus. Zeus got very angry, and sent a fly to sting Pegasus. Bellerophon fell off of the horse, but Pegasus made it to Mount Olympus, where he stays.

If you live north of the Equator, look for Pegasus starting in the summer and through most of the fall. If you live south of the Equator, the winged horse shines near the end of winter and through spring.

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