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The carving of the Astral Lion at Nemrut Dağı represents the constallation of Leo.   The cresent moon is shown on the lion's chest; the planets Jupiter, Mercury, and Mars are depicted above the lion's back (inscriptions identify them as such).   There are nineteen stars depicted on and by the lion's body.   I believe the large star on the lion's chest is Regulus, which means that some of the stars by the lion's feet are actually in the constallations of Sextans and Hydra.   Professor Otto Neugebauer has identified this carving as the horoscope for the 7th of July 62 or 61 B.C. — either the coronation day of Antiochus I, or when they started to build at Nemrut.   This is the oldest known horoscope in the world.
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(Earth Views): Turkey Nemrut Dagi world heritage site carving of astral lion with moon planets and stars SEW.jpg
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