In Egyptian religion , a goddess of the sky.
She represented the vault of the heavens and was often depicted as a woman arched over the earth god Geb . Nut was believed to swallow the sun in the evening and to give birth to it again in the morning. She was sometimes portrayed as a cow, the form she took to carry the sun god, Re , on her back to the sky. On five days preceding the New Year, Nut gave birth successively to the deities Osiris , Horus , Seth , Isis , and Nephthys.