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Legends of the Skies

written by: Sia
 
It was not easy to understand the formation of the Universe in the ancient world. So legends were made up, which offered some explanation.

Question 1:


The she-goat Amalthea, which nursed baby Zeus, is represented by what constellation?
Hydra
Capra
Virgo
Capricorn

Question 2:


This constellation was named after a Greek goddess. She was beautiful, but conceited. In order to punish her for that, Poseidon sent her figure to the skies upside down.
Cassiopeia
Andromeda
Perseus
Aquila

Question 3:


There are many myths about this constellation. The earliest one, however, comes from a Sumerian legend about a female dragon, who ruled over the primordial ocean before the creation. But new gods rebelled against her and sent her to the skies.
Cygnus
Aquila
Draco
Crux

Question 4:


Although it is a galaxy, the story about its creation is not less intriguing. Many legends associate its formation with milk spilled in one way or another. However, a Mesopotamian legend explains another thing. After the deluge the ark of Utnapishtim, the Sumerian Noah, was stuck on Mount Ararat. He then made a sacrifice to the gods and this galaxy was created out of the smoke of the fire.
Aries
The Milky Way
Ara
Draco

Question 5:


This constellation was named after a creature from the Greek mythology which is a combination between a human and a horse. Such creatures were of violent nature but there was one exception - Chiron, who was the tutor of Hercules.
Centaur
Delphinus
Eridanus
Auriga

Question 6:


This is a star group in Taurus. It was called after the seven daughters of the Titan Atlas and the Nymph Plieone - Alcyone, Maia, Electra, Merope, Taygeta, Celaeno, and Sterope.
Crux
Pleiades
Gemini
Aries

Question 7:


This constellation was named after a Greek hero who bragged to be the greatest hunter. Goddess Hera heard that and sent a scorpion after him to test his skills. The hero was stung to death by the scorpion. Zeus felt sorry and sent him to the sky.
Sagitta
Orion
Sirius
Cancer

Question 8:


This constellation is often associated with Ganymede, who was a beautiful Phrygian youngster. Jupiter once saw him, fell in love with the lad and came to the earth as a bird, which took him to the skies. Since then he has served as the cup bearer of the gods.
Aquarius
Pisces
Ara
Delphinus

Question 9:


This was the instrument that Orpheus played so well that his music enchanted even the wild beasts, the rocks, and the trees. After he lost his beloved one - Eurydice, Zeus placed Orpheus's musical instrument on the sky.
Triangulum
Lyre
Sagitta
Libra

Question 10:


This constellation represents the twin brothers Castor and Pollux. They were born by one mother, Leda, but had different fathers. Leda got pregnant simultaneously by Jupiter and the king Tyndarus of Sparta. When Castor died, Pollux felt so sorry that he begged Jupiter to unite them again, so Jupiter reunited the brothers in the sky.
Puppis
Pisces
Pleiades
Gemini

 


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