Taurus Constellation FAQ

 

Part of the mission of allaboutaurus.com is to provide detailed information about Taurus sign.

 

The following are some frequently asked questions on Taurus constellation:

  1. Who discovered the constellation Taurus?
  2. What does the Taurus constellation look like?
  3. How many stars does the constellation Taurus have?
  4. I need history on Taurus the constellation
  5. What hemisphere is Taurus in?
  6. How did the constellation Taurus get it's name?

 

 

Who discovered the constellation Taurus?

 

The constellation Taurus was probably discovered by the Mesopotamians…….site of several early urban civilizations, including Babylonia. It is on record that they, are the first to call the parts of the sky (known as constellation Taurus) Gud.Anna……meaning ‘Bull of Heaven’.

 

Constellation Taurus is well documented in ancient Babylonian astrology. They can actually be credited to discovering the constellation Taurus.

 

What does the Taurus constellation look like?

 

Taurus constellation looks like imaginary face of the ‘Bull’. Actually, Taurus constellation is open clusters of Pleiades and Hyades……which forms imaginary face of the Bull. They are easily observed in the night sky.

 

How many stars does the constellation Taurus have?

 

To find out how many stars the constellation Taurus has, we are going to look at number of stars that make up the Hyades and Pleiades. Hyades contain approximately 200 to 300 stars.

 

On a reasonably dark night, it should be relatively easy to spot at least six of the stars which make up the Pleiades. If conditions are favorable, it may be possible to see as many as nine.

  

I need history on Taurus the constellation

 

According to history on the constellation Taurus, it was suggested that Taurus may have been the first Zodiac constellation to have been found. The fact is for many centuries Taurus was to be the first and most important constellation of the Zodiac.

 

Actually, the constellation Taurus has been observed as the image of a bull from the time of the Chaldeans, some 500 years ago.Taurus was regarded as a sacred Bull of light by the Sumerians. During the classical Era, Greeks perceived Taurus constellation as Zeus in the guise of a bull.

 

It was within Taurus that the Italian astronomer Piazzi made the discovery of the first asteroid named Ceres on New Year’s Day in 1801.

 

What hemisphere is Taurus in?

 

Taurus constellation is in the northern hemisphere's winter sky, between Aries to the west and Gemini to the east; to the north lie Perseus and Auriga, to the southeast Orion, to the south Eridanus, and to the southwest Cetus.

 

How did the constellation Taurus get it's name?

 

Taurus constellation may have gotten its name from Greek mythology. In such tale, Taurus was identified with Zeus, who assumed the form of a magnificent white bull to abduct Europa, a legendary Phoenician princess.

 

The tale informs the names of constellations since it is necessary to traverse the area of sky known as the Sea to reach it. When passing through the Zodiac, it forms the origin of the myth of the Cretan Bull, one of The Twelve Labors of Heracles.

 

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History of Constellation Taurus

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