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Taurus Constellation: History, Mythology & Facts

14 Mar 2019, 23:46 UTC
Taurus Constellation: History, Mythology & Facts
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Out of the 88 officially recognized constellations, there is only a handful that looks anything like the object, person or creature they are supposed to represent. Taurus constellation, the Bull, is one of them.Look upon any clear autumn or winter’s night and you’ll find it stampeding across the sky toward Orion, the Hunter. Orion has his club and shield raised high to defend himself. This is how the ancient Greeks first imagined the constellation, but they weren’t the first to identify its stars.Known for at least seven thousand years (and possibly for seventeen), Taurus the bull constellations certainly dates back as far as the Akkadian Empire of Mesopotamia. There it was associated with the Bull of Heaven, the mythical beast that was sent by the goddess Ishtar to kill the hero Gilgamesh.

Taurus constellation was the first constellation in the Babylonian zodiac, while ...

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