Do you think history can tell you who discovered the constellation Pegasus?
Actually, if you look back and check the records, you wouldn’t find an actual person who discovered the constellation Pegasus. Why? Because this constellation wasn’t actually discovered years ago. Rather, it was invented.
Patterns in the Sky No More
Originally, the ancient Greeks see the constellations as patterns to be read and examined. But, it was learned that these so-called patterns were actually fixed areas that you can find covering the entire sky.
There are about eighty eight (88) modern constellations and Pegasus is one of them. It is also included in the forty eight (48) constellations as listed and invented by the famed Greek astronomer Claudius Ptolemy during circa 150 A.D.
The Naming of the Constellation
Yes, it was Ptolemy who invented the Pegasus constellation. Ptolemy was known to be the first to call a group of stars as such. The name Pegasus is a beautiful winged horse included in Greek mythology. This constellation was included in Ptolemy’s work, “The Almagest.”
The Book of Ptolemy
In some of the pages of The Almagest, one can probably see that most of the details were actually invented before 2000 B.C. by the early group of people known as the Babylonians. This includes the twelve constellations in the Zodiac.
It may be inferred that during the publication and selling of the book in the market, those who were keenly interested in stars and constellations used the book to their advantage. That is why Ptolemy’s book became famous.
In fact, there were certain accounts in history that says that the book was used for a number of years up to the 16th century.
More Constellations Added
There were some who reported that the original number of constellations actually added in number through the years as contributed by various astronomers.
From forty eight constellations invented by Ptolemy, twelve more were added by two Dutch astronomers in the 16th Century.
A few years after, another astronomer added seven more. And, a batch of fourteen (14) were also added after a number of years.
From all those additions, you may think that the constellations are actually more in number than what is actually written in the present time. But that’s the work of the International Astronomical Union who took charge of making the final arrangement.
A More Current Discovery
Reports also show that two astronomers of Switzerland, Michael Mayor and Didier Queloz, had made a new discovery. This took place in the 20th month of October in the year 1995. What they discovered was a sun star that was seen as a particular twin of the sun in the sky. Since this actual discovery has not occurred yet before, it may be said that – perhaps – these astronomers were really excited with what they found.
Furthermore, records show that these astronomers found a plant orbiting around the sun star. Their discovery was actually supported and confirmed by the San Francisco State University by Paul Butler and Geoffrey Marcy. This was named as 51 Peg.
While there is really no one who discovered the constellation Pegasus, its early invention and inclusion in the various constellations is really something to be proud of because there are people like Ptolemy who actually studied the stars and came up with these constellations that many still use up to now.