The Constellation Equuleus

by Dominic Ford
Equuleus Equuleus
The constellation Equuleus. Roll mouse over to see labels.
Source: Stellarium.

Equuleus is the second-smallest of the modern constellations, and perhaps the most insignificant.

It contains no stars brighter than mag 3.9, and no deep sky objects brighter than thirteenth magnitude.

Its name is Latin for ‘little horse’ or foal. So small is the constellation that there is only space to depict the horse's head. It lies next to the much larger horse Pegasus.

Accounts vary as to horse's identity in Greek mythology.

Date First Appeared
Ancient (Ptolemy)
Sky Area
0.2% of the sky
71.6 square degrees
Messier Objects
Equuleus contains no Messier objects
Caldwell Objects
Equuleus contains no Caldwell objects
The following constellations neighbor Equuleus: Aquarius, Delphinus, Pegasus.
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Brightest Objects in Equuleus

Stars Open Clusters Globular Clusters Galaxies
Stars Open Clusters Globular Clusters Galaxies
Kitalpha (mag 3.9) NGC 7015 (mag 13.0)
δ-Equ (mag 4.5) NGC 7046 (mag 14.0)
γ-Equ (mag 4.7) IC 1377 (mag 14.0)
β-Equ (mag 5.1) NGC 7040 (mag 15.0)
3-Equ (mag 5.6) IC 1361 (mag 15.0)
9-Equ (mag 5.8) IC 1367 (mag 15.0)
ε-Equ (mag 5.9) IC 1364 (mag 15.0)
4-Equ (mag 6.0) IC 1375 (mag 15.0)
HD 202951 (mag 6.0) IC 5083 (mag 15.0)
6-Equ (mag 6.1) IC 1365 (mag 15.0)
λ-Equ (mag 7.4) IC 1379 (mag 16.0)
HD IC 1360




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