Aquila Constellation: Facts & Myths

About the constellation Aquila: Ever since he has gained consciousness, man has been more than just curious about the number of things that he sees when he looks up at the sky. This has led to some facts being established in the last few centuries.

One of the most prominent ones are constellations, their identification and naming. There are vast imagery, myth and some stories that are relayed to them.

If you have ever gazed upon a clear night to notice the millions of stars that you can see, then you probably have seen various constellations. One such constellation that has acquired a lot of mythology and attracted a lot of attention is the constellation Aquila. It is a group of ten stars that are visible to the human eye on a clear night that makes up this constellation.Aquila


The myth about Aquila

It is said that the constellation represents the eagle that carried the thunderbolt of Zeus to ancient Greece, thus attributing power and aura to the constellation.

It has also found and mentioned in texts and stories in the ancient literature. The folklore and myth section is rich with the stories that deal with the eagle and how it flies.

There is also the fact that it was an eagle whose form Zeus took whenever he wished to roam across the open skies. The constellation Aquila is a centre of an even bigger constellation that shows the God Zeus complete with his collection of bows and arrows and his entire body with the eagle about to sit down on his arm.

The picture is made complete with the myth of the eagle holding a dead man in its talons. If you do decide to look up its complete story, you will find that one saying leads to another and that it goes all the way down in history until the very beginning of time itself.

The constellation Aquila

The best thing about this constellation is that you can easily put it together. You don’t need anything except your naked eye to see its stars. As opposed to other gigantic stars and constellations that are made up of a lot a more than just ten stars and are difficult to put together if you don’t know exactly which stars to focus on.

It is easy for a stargazer to trace it out in the night sky. With the movement of the earth through the different times of the year, the constellation appears as moving around in the sky. This has given rise to the fact that people often call it to as the eagle that still roams in the cosmos with a dead man clutched in its talons.

If you wish to view it in detail, take up a small telescope and trace it out in the night sky. Try to find the neighboring stars too that make up the rest of it.

Interested in other constellations? Read about Sagitta