Position in the Sky
This constellation represents Chiron who is frequently mentioned in
Greek mythology. Chiron was one of the Centaurs, barbarous beasts
which were said to be half-horse and half-human. But unlike the
others, Chiron was extremely wise and tutored Hercules and Jason. Unfortunately, Hercules
accidentally wounded Chiron. The immortal centaur, in great pain,
pleaded with the gods to end his suffering. Zeus mercifully let him
die and gave him a place among the stars.
Pam Eastlick has contributed a great description of
Centaurus, the Jewel of the Southern Sky
as seen from Guam.
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