Águila

Águila

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Constelación Aquila

La brillante estrella principal Altair (Alpha Aquilae) de la constelación del Águila (lat. Aquila) hace que sea fácil de encontrar en los cielos de verano y otoño. El nombre proviene del árabe y significa "El águila derrumbándose". Los babilonios y sumerios también lo llamaron la "Estrella del Águila".

Como detectar el Águila

De acuerdo con la mitología, al norte de Águila se puede encontrar la constelación de la Flecha. En el oeste está delimitado por Hércules y en el este por el ;Acuario representando al joven Ganímedes. Con 652 grados cuadrados, el Águila se extiende sobre ambos hemisferios y se puede ver en verano y otoño. In keeping with the mythology, north of Aquila the constellation of Arrow can be found. In the west it is bounded by Hercules and in the east by the Aquarius representing the young Ganymede. With 652 square degrees, the Eagle extends over both hemispheres and can be seen in summer and autumn.

Mythology

According to Greek mythology, the constellation represents the eagle of Zeus. Many different tasks were imposed on it: Every lightning that Zeus threw on the earth, the eagle should bring back to heaven. It also kidnapped the young Ganymede from Troy and flew him to Olympus to serve the Gods. In addition, the eagle should protect Zeus from the arrows of Cupid, to keep him from romances on earth. As many narratives show, the eagle could not fulfill especially this task; because of the excessive demand it was finally set as a constellation in the sky.

Another version reports of the eagle Ethon, who daily ate the liver of Prometheus, who was bound to a rock as a punishment. Because of his immortality, he had to suffer the tortures until Hercules killed the eagle with a poisoned arrow and released Prometheus.

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