Centaurus, a mythical creature with the head of a man and the body of a horse, is one of the constellations in the sky that represents Centaurs. Chiron, king of the Centaurs was a wise immortal, being skilled in both hunting and medicine. Chiron is credited with having created the constellations and was placed in the sky by Zeus to guide Argonauts in their search for the Golden Fleece. Legend has it that Chiron was wounded by an arrow. In order that he could die, he struck a bargain with Zeus offering his own life for the release of Prometheus. Zeus let Chiron die and honoured him with a place in the sky.
Centaurus is in the far south of the northern sky.Return to Main Index