Taurus ( latin for “the Bull”) is one of the constellation of the Zodiac and is located in the northern celestial hemisphere. Taurus is a large and prominent constellation in the northern hemispheres winter sky. It is one of the oldest constellations, dating back to the Early Bronze Age at least, when it marked the location of the Sun during the spring equinox . Its importance to the agricultural calendar influenced various bull figures in the mythologies of Ancient summer, Akkad, Assyria, Babylon, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Its old astronomical symbol is the bulls head.
Orion, the Hunter, has his sights set on a wide variety of prey, including the Taurus constellation.
It is also symbolic of the white bull that King Minos of Crete used to impregnate his wife in order to produce the infamous Minotaur. As confirmation that Minos was indeed the legitimate successor to the kingdom, this bull was conveyed to him.
However, Minos did not offer Poseidon the bull as a sacrifice as he was meant to, and as a result, the ever-vengeful sea deity led Pasiphae, Minos’ queen, to develop feelings for the bull.
In a later version of the myth, Theseus of Athens travels to Crete in order to kill the terrifying Minotaur, which is described as having the body of a man but the head of a bull and the ability to breathe fire.
The Greeks saw Taurus as Zeus in disguise.
The colour orange is associated with the constellation Taurus.
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Finding The Bull…
Right Ascension: 4 hours
Declination: 15 degrees
Visible between latitudes 90 and -65 degrees
Best seen in January (at 9:00 PM)
Some of the stars in the constellation:
ALDEBARAN (Alpha Tau) ALNATH (Beta Tau) Hyadum I (Gamma Tau) Hyadum II (Delta 1 Tau)
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