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The constellation Centaurus is located south of Hydra the Water Snake, west of Lupus the Wolf and straddles the Southern Cross, Crux. While it is located too far south to be fully seen from North America, it is near the Milky Way and contains a large and varied population of celestial objects. A centaur is a mythical creature with the body of a horse and the head and torso of a human. Among the most renowned Centaurs was Chiron, who was skillful at hunting and accomplished in music, medicine and the art of prophecy. Chiron is credited with creating the constellations to help guide Jason and the Argonauts in the quest for the Golden Fleece. Chiron was the tutor of several of the offspring of the gods including Aesculapius the healer, immortalized as the constellation Ophiuchus, and Hercules, whose poisoned arrow accidentally injured Chiron and forced him to give up his immortality.