The Constellation Directory


"The Little Horse"


By IAU and Sky & Telescope magazine (Roger Sinnott & Rick Fienberg) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Abbreviation: Eql
Genitive: Equulei
Constellation family: Heavenly Waters
Nearest constellations: Aquarius, Delphinus, and Pegasus
Right ascension: 21.21h
Declination: 7.00°
Visible between latitudes: +90° and -70°
Square degrees: 72
Luminary: Kitalpha (Alpha Equulei)
Named stars: Kitalpha
Notable deep sky objects: NGC 7015


Equuleus by Zacharias Bornmann

By Zacharias Bornmann [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Equuleus is located in the Northern Hemisphere and is best viewed in September.

Occasionally referred to as "The Foal" instead of "The Little Horse", Equuleus is the second-smallest constellation in the night sky; the only constellation smaller than Equuleus is Crux.

Kitalpha, Alpha Equulei, is a binary star system consisting of a G-class giant star and a white dwarf star that orbit each other every 99 days at a distance of 99 million kilometers.


There is no definite mythology associated with this constellation.