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Encyclopedia > Auriga (constellation)
Auriga
Auriga
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Abbreviation Aur
Genitive Aurigae
Symbology the Charioteer
Right ascension 6 h
Declination +40°
Area 657 sq. deg.
Ranked 21st
Number of main stars 5, 8
Number of stars

(Bayer-Flamsteed) This is a celestial map of the constellation Auriga the Charioteer. ... The genitive case is a grammatical case that indicates a relationship, primarily one of possession, between the noun in the genitive case and another noun. ... Hittite chariot (drawing of an Egyptian relief) Approximate historical map of the spread of the chariot, 2000 –500 BC. A chariot is a two-wheeled, horse-drawn vehicle. ... Equatorial Coordinates Right ascension (abbrev. ... In astronomy, declination (dec) is one of the two coordinates of the equatorial coordinate system, the other being either right ascension or hour angle. ... Here is a list of the 88 modern constellations by their area in the sky, measured in square degrees. ... Many of the brighter stars are given names which are known as Bayer designations. ... Flamsteed designations for stars are similar to Bayer designations, except that they use numbers instead of Greek letters. ...

58
Number of stars with planets

(BF, variable, other stars)

0, 3
Number of bright stars

(magnitude < 3) // Headline text HEY!! HOW ARE YOU ALL?? Its nice of you to come read this page. ...

4
Number of nearby stars

(Distance < 100 ly) Distance is a numerical description of how far apart things lie. ...

7
Brightest star Capella (α Aur)
(App. magnitude 0.08)
Nearest Star Capella (α Aur)
(Distance: 42.2 ly)
Meteor showers
  • Alpha Aurigids
  • Delta Aurigids
Bordering
constellations
Visible at latitudes between +90° and −40°
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of February

Auriga (IPA: /ˌɔːˈriːgə/, Latin: charioteer) is a northern constellation. It was one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy, and counts as one of the 88 modern constellations. Its brightest star is Capella, which is associated with the mythological she-goat Amalthea. The three stars Epsilon, Zeta and Eta Aurigae are called Haedi (the Kids). Capella (α Aur / α Aurigae / Alpha Aurigae) is the brightest star in the constellation Auriga and sixth brightest star in the sky. ... // Headline text HEY!! HOW ARE YOU ALL?? Its nice of you to come read this page. ... Distance is a numerical description of how far apart things lie. ... Leonid Meteor Shower A meteor shower, also known as a meteor storm, is a celestial event where a large number of meteors are seen within a very short period of time. ... Camelopardalis, Latin for giraffe, is the name of a large but faint northern constellation first recorded by Jakob Bartsch in 1624, but probably created earlier by Petrus Plancius. ... Perseus is a northern constellation, named after the Greek hero who slew the monster Medusa. ... For other uses of the word Taurus see Taurus. ... Gemini (IPA: , Latin: , symbol , ) is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... Lynx (IPA: ) is a constellation of the northern hemisphere, introduced in the 17th century by Johannes Hevelius. ... For information on how to read IPA transcriptions of English words see here. ... Latin was the language originally spoken in the region around Rome called Latium. ... For the torpedo-shaped underwater vehicle ridden by two frogmen, sometimes referred to as a chariot, see Human torpedo. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A medieval artists rendition of Claudius Ptolemaeus Claudius Ptolemaeus (Greek: ; c. ... The Pleiades, an open cluster of stars in the constellation of Taurus. ... Capella (α Aur / α Aurigae / Alpha Aurigae) is the brightest star in the constellation Auriga and sixth brightest star in the sky. ... Infancy of Zeus by Jacob Jordaens, c. ... Epsilon Aurigae (ε Aur / ε Aurigae) is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... Azaleh is the designation of the Zeta Aurigae. ... Eta Aurigae (η Aur / η Aurigae) is a star in the constellation Auriga. ...

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Notable features

Two peculiar binary stars, ε Aurigae and ζ Aurigae. ε Aurigae is one of the strangest binary stars. The orbital period is approximately 27 years, with an eclipse duration of about 18 months. The visible companion is a yellowish (F-class) supergiant. The type of the other star is not known. ζ Aurigae has a period of 970 days, the primary is a (K-class) supergiant and the secondary is a (B-class) main sequence star. Both these systems present a rare stage of binary evolution, as the components are in a short and active evolutionary stage. Epsilon Aurigae (ε Aur / ε Aurigae) is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... Azaleh is the designation of the Zeta Aurigae. ... Artists impression of a binary system consisting of a black hole, with an accretion disc around it, and a main sequence star. ... In astronomy, stellar classification is a classification of stars based initially on photospheric temperature and its associated spectral characteristics, and subsequently refined in terms of other characteristics. ... Supergiants are the most massive stars. ... In astronomy, stellar classification is a classification of stars based initially on photospheric temperature and its associated spectral characteristics, and subsequently refined in terms of other characteristics. ... Supergiants are the most massive stars. ... In astronomy, stellar classification is a classification of stars based initially on photospheric temperature and its associated spectral characteristics, and subsequently refined in terms of other characteristics. ... Hertzsprung-Russell diagram The main sequence of the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram is the curve where the majority of stars are located in this diagram. ...


Notable deep sky objects

Auriga has many open clusters and other objects because the Milky Way runs through it. The three brightest open clusters are M36, M37 and M38, all of which are visible in binoculars or a small telescope in suburban skies. A larger telescope resolves individual stars. The clusters are about 4100, 4400, and 4200 light years distant, respectively. Their apparent visual magnitudes are 6.3, 6.2, and 7.4, respectively. The Pleiades is one of the most famous open clusters. ... Open Cluster M36 (also known as Messier Object 36, Messier 36, M36, or NGC 1960) is an open cluster in the Auriga constellation. ... Open Cluster M37 (also known as Messier Object 37, Messier 37, M37, or NGC 2099) is an open cluster in the Auriga constellation. ... Open Cluster M38 (also known as Messier Object 38, Messier 38, M38, or NGC 1912) is an open cluster in the Auriga constellation. ...


Three other open clusters are NGC 2281, lying close to Psi7 Aurigae, NGC 1664, which is close to Epsilon Aurigae, and IC 410 (or NGC 1893), a cluster with nebulosity next to IC 405, the Flaming Star Nebula, found a few degrees to the right of M38. AE Aurigae is a bright variable star within the Flaming Star Nebula. The correct title of this article is Psi⁷ Aurigae. ... Epsilon Aurigae (ε Aur / ε Aurigae) is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... AE Aurigae is a runaway star in the constellation Auriga. ...


Mythology

The constellation may date back to Babylonian times as Rukubi, the chariot. The Romans identified this constellation with Erichthonius, the lame son of Vulcan (whom the Greeks referred to as Hephaestus) and Minerva (whom the Greeks referred to as Athena), who invented the four-horse chariot. King Erichthonius (also called Erechtheus I) was, according to some legends, autochthonous (born of the soil), and in other accounts he was the son of Hephaestus and Gaia or Athena or Atthis. ... Vulcan, in Roman mythology, is the son of Jupiter and Juno, and husband of Maia and Venus. ... Hephaestus, Greek god of forging, riding a Donkey; Greek drinking cup (skyphos) made in the 5th century B.C. Hephaestus (IPA pronunciation: ; Greek Hêphaistos) is the Greek god whose approximate Roman equivalent is Vulcan; he is the god of technology including, specifically blacksmiths, craftsmen, artisans, sculptors, metals and metallurgy... Minerva and the Muses, by Hans Rottenhammer (1603). ... Helmeted Athena, of the Velletri type. ...


Before the classical era, it was also identified as a chariot and its driver, which, considering its fainter stars visible to the naked eye, it resembles. However, the driver was considered to be a shepherd, usually one which had flung a goat over its left shoulder (due to the resemblance of that area to a lump), and had its kids (two bright stars) nearby.


Together with the area of the sky that is deserted (now considered as the new and extremely faint constellations Camelopardalis and Lynx), and the other features of the area in the Zodiac sign of Gemini (i.e. the Milky Way, and the constellations Gemini, Orion, and Canis Major), this may be the origin of the myth of the cattle of Geryon, which forms one of The Twelve Labours of Heracles. Camelopardalis, Latin for giraffe, is the name of a large but faint northern constellation first recorded by Jakob Bartsch in 1624, but probably created earlier by Petrus Plancius. ... Lynx (IPA: ) is a constellation of the northern hemisphere, introduced in the 17th century by Johannes Hevelius. ... This article is about the astrological and astronomical concept of the zodiac. ... Medieval representation of the symbol of Gemini Gemini is an astrological sign, which is associated with the constellation Gemini. ... The Milky Way (a translation of the Latin Via Lactea, in turn derived from the Greek Γαλαξίας (Galaxias), sometimes referred to simply as the Galaxy), is a barred spiral galaxy of the Local Group. ... Gemini (IPA: , Latin: , symbol , ) is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... Orion (IPA: ), a constellation often referred to as The Hunter, is a prominent constellation, perhaps the best-known and most conspicuous in the sky. ... Canis Major (IPA: , Latin: ) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also in Ptolemys list of 48 constellations. ... In Greek mythology, Geryon (Geryones,Geyron), son of Chrysaor and Callirhoe, was a fearsome titan who dwelt on the island Erytheia of the mythic Hesperides in the far west of the Mediterranean. ... Hercules and the Hydra by Antonio Pollaiuolo The Twelve Labours (Greek: dodekathlos) of Heracles (Latin: Hercules) are a series of archaic episodes connected by a later continuous narrative, concerning a penance carried out by Heracles, the greatest of the Greek heroes. ... Hercules, a Roman bronze (Louvre Museum) In roman mythology, Heracles or Herakles (glory of Hera, or Alcides, original name) + , ) was a divine hero, the son of Zeus and Alcmene, stepson of Amphitryon[1] and great-grandson of Perseus. ...


== Graphic visualization

Diagram of an alternate way to connect the stars of the constellation Auriga. The charioteer's head is shown wearing a pointy cap and facing towards Perseus.
Diagram of an alternate way to connect the stars of the constellation Auriga. The charioteer's head is shown wearing a pointy cap and facing towards Perseus.

The stars of the constellation Auriga can be connected in an alternative way, which graphically shows the charioteer's head wearing a pointy cap and facing towards Perseus. Image File history File links Auriga_constellation_map_visualization. ... Image File history File links Auriga_constellation_map_visualization. ... For the torpedo-shaped underwater vehicle ridden by two frogmen, sometimes referred to as a chariot, see Human torpedo. ...


Stars Alpha Aurigae, Beta Aurigae, Theta Aurigae, Iota Aurigae, and Eta Aurigae form the charioteer's head: with Alpha Aurigae being of magnitude zero, Beta Aurigae being of magnitude two, and the rest of the stars being of magnitude three. Star Alpha Aurigae may be taken to represent the charioteer's eye, whereas star Iota Aurigae represents the charioteer's chin. Capella, in the constellation of Auriga The star Capella (&#945; Aurigae) is the fourth-brightest star visible from inhabited northern latitudes and the sixth-brightest star in the sky. ... Beta Aurigae (β Aur / β Aurigae) is the second brightest star in the constellation Auriga. ... Theta Aurigae (θ Aur / θ Aurigae) is a binary star in the constellation Auriga. ... Iota Aurigae (ι Aur / ι Aurigae) is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... Eta Aurigae (η Aur / η Aurigae) is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... The human eye. ... Look up Chin in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Stars Beta Aurigae, Delta Aurigae, and Alpha Aurigae form the charioteer's pointy cap, with Delta Aurigae being the top of the cap. Delta Aurigae (δ Aur / δ Aurigae) is a star system in the constellation Auriga. ...


Finally, the stars Alpha Aurigae, Epsilon Aurigae, Zeta Aurigae, and Eta Aurigae form the charioteer's nose: Eta Aurigae being of the third magnitude. Epsilon Aurigae (ε Aur / ε Aurigae) is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... Azaleh is the designation of the Zeta Aurigae. ... Human nose in profile A typical bulbous human nose Anatomically, a nose is a protuberance in vertebrates that houses the nostrils, or nares, which admit and expel air for respiration. ...


Reference

  • H. A. Rey, The Stars — A New Way To See Them. Enlarged World-Wide Edition. Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1997. ISBN 0-395-24830-2. ==

Notable and named stars

BD F Names and other designations Mag. Ly away Comments
α 13 Capella, Alpha Aurigae, Alhajoth, Alhaior, Althaiot, Alhaiset, Alhatod, Alhojet, Alanac, Alanat, Alioc 0.08 42.2
  • Latin capella is the diminutive feminine of goat
  • Alhajoth is probably an Arabized form of the Greek αίξ, aige, meaning "ram"
  • spectroscopic binary
β 34 Beta Aurigae, Menkalinan, Menkalina 1.90 82.1
θ 37 Theta Aurigae, Bogardus, Mahasim 2.65 173
  • "Mahasim" from Arabic Al-Mi'sam the wrist
ι 3 Iota Aurigae, Kabdhilinan, Hassaleh 2.69 512
  • Hassaleh in Becvar
  • < كعب ذي العنان kacb ðī l-cinān The ankle of the rein holder (charioteer)
ε 7 Epsilon Aurigae, Almaaz, Maaz, Al Anz 3.03 2000
η 10 Eta Aurigae, Haedus II, Hoedus II, Maha-Sim 3.18 219
  • < hædus The kid (plural hædi with ζ Aurigae)
  • "Maha-Sim" from Arabic Al-Mi'sam the wrist
ζ 8 Zeta Aurigae, Sadatoni, Saclateni, Haedus I, Hoedus I 3.69 790
  • < الساعد الثاني as-sācid aθ-θānī/at-tānī The second arm
  • < hædus The kid (plural hædi with η Aurigae)
  • eclipsing binary
δ 33 Delta Aurigae, Prijipati 3.72 140
  • < प्रजापति prajā pati ? Lord of creation
ν 32 Nu Aurigae 3.97 215
π 35 Pi Aurigae 4.30 840
κ 44 Kappa Aurigae 4.32 169
τ 29 Tau Aurigae 4.51 213
16 16 Aurigae 4.54 236
λ 15 Lambda Aurigae 4.69 79.1
χ 25 Chi Aurigae 4.71 >2000
υ 31 Upsilon Aurigae 4.72 475
2 2 Aurigae 4.79
ψ2 50 Psi2 Aurigae 4.80 433
μ 11 Mu Aurigae 4.82 162
1 1 Aurigae 4.89 520
63 63 Aurigae 4.91 142
ψ1 46 Psi1 Aurigae 4.92 >2000
4 4 Aurigae 4.93 640
ξ 30 Xi Aurigae 4.96 241
9 9 Aurigae 4.98 62.6
ψ7 58 Psi7 Aurigae 4.99 364
14 14 Aurigae 5.01 427
σ 21 Sigma Aurigae 5.02 514
ψ4 55 Psi4 Aurigae 5.04 306
19 19 Aurigae 5.05
φ 24 Phi Aurigae 5.08 401
65 65 Aurigae 5.12 146
ρ 20 Rho Aurigae 5.22 642
ψ6 57 Psi6 Aurigae 5.22 424
66 66 Aurigae 5.23 445
ψ5 56 Psi5 Aurigae 5.24 53.9
49 49 Aurigae 5.26 3664
ψ3 52 Psi3 Aurigae 5.34 760
45 45 Aurigae 5.34 146
40 40 Aurigae 5.35 712
26 26 Aurigae 5.40 623
UU Aurigae 5.40 1810
ο 27 Omicron Aurigae 5.46 482
41 41 Aurigae 5.64 323.25
51 51 Aurigae 5.70
36 36 Aurigae 5.71
48 RT Aurigae 5.75 1560
53 53 Aurigae 5.76
WW Aurigae 5.82 275
ψ9 Psi9 Aurigae 5.85 826
64 64 Aurigae 5.87
47 47 Aurigae 5.88 182
39 39 Aurigae 5.90
5 5 Aurigae 5.95 46.9
AE Aurigae 5.99 1460
54 54 Aurigae 6.02 1725
62 62 Aurigae 6.02
38 38 Aurigae 6.08 71.84
59 59 Aurigae 6.10
17 AR Aurigae 6.15 398
60 60 Aurigae 6.32 664
43 43 Aurigae 6.33
22 22 Aurigae 6.45
ψ8 61 Psi8 Aurigae 6.46 830
6 6 Aurigae 6.46
42 42 Aurigae 6.53
18 18 Aurigae 6.49
12 12 Aurigae 6.9
HD 45350 7.88 160
  • has a planet
HD 49674 8.10 134
  • has a planet
γ Gamma Aurigae

Source: The Bright Star Catalogue, 5th Revised Ed., The Hipparcos Catalogue, ESA SP-1200 Many of the brighter stars are given names which are known as Bayer designations. ... Flamsteed designations for stars are similar to Bayer designations, except that they use numbers instead of Greek letters. ... // Headline text HEY!! HOW ARE YOU ALL?? Its nice of you to come read this page. ... A light-year or lightyear, symbol ly, is a unit of length. ... Capella (α Aur / α Aurigae / Alpha Aurigae) is the brightest star in the constellation Auriga and sixth brightest star in the sky. ... A spectroscopic binary star is a binary star which cannot be resolved as a visual binary, even with telescopes of the highest existing resolving power. ... Beta Aurigae (β Aur / β Aurigae) is the second brightest star in the constellation Auriga. ... Animation showing how an eclipsing binary stars light intensity changes as they orbit An eclipsing binary star is a binary star in which the orbit plane of the two stars lies so nearly in the line of sight of the observer that the components undergo mutual eclipses. ... A spectroscopic binary star is a binary star which cannot be resolved as a visual binary, even with telescopes of the highest existing resolving power. ... Theta Aurigae (θ Aur / θ Aurigae) is a binary star in the constellation Auriga. ... Iota Aurigae (ι Aur / ι Aurigae) is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... The title given to this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ... Epsilon Aurigae (ε Aur / ε Aurigae) is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... Animation showing how an eclipsing binary stars light intensity changes as they orbit An eclipsing binary star is a binary star in which the orbit plane of the two stars lies so nearly in the line of sight of the observer that the components undergo mutual eclipses. ... Eta Aurigae (η Aur / η Aurigae) is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... Azaleh is the designation of the Zeta Aurigae. ... Azaleh is the designation of the Zeta Aurigae. ... Eta Aurigae (η Aur / η Aurigae) is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... Animation showing how an eclipsing binary stars light intensity changes as they orbit An eclipsing binary star is a binary star in which the orbit plane of the two stars lies so nearly in the line of sight of the observer that the components undergo mutual eclipses. ... Delta Aurigae (δ Aur / δ Aurigae) is a star system in the constellation Auriga. ... Nu Aurigae (ν Aur / ν Aurigae) is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... Pi Aurigae (π Aur / π Aurigae) is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... Kappa Aurigae (κ Aur / κ Aurigae) is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... Tau Aurigae (τ Aur / τ Aurigae) is a triple star system in the constellation Auriga. ... 16 Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... Lambda Aurigae (λ Aur / λ Aurigae) is a binary star in the constellation Auriga. ... Chi Aurigae (χ Aur / χ Aurigae) is a binary star in the constellation Auriga. ... Upsilon Aurigae (υ Aur / υ Aurigae) is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... 2 Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... The correct title of this article is Psi² Aurigae. ... Mu Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... 1 Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... 63 Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... The correct title of this article is Psi¹ Aurigae. ... 4 Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... Xi Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... 9 Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... The correct title of this article is Psi⁷ Aurigae. ... 14 Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... Sigma Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... The correct title of this article is Psi4 Aurigae. ... 19 Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... Phi Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... 65 Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... Rho Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... The correct title of this article is Psi⁶ Aurigae. ... 66 Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... The correct title of this article is Psi5 Aurigae. ... 49 Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... The correct title of this article is Psi³ Aurigae. ... 45 Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... 40 Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... 26 Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... UU Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... Semiregular variable stars are giants or supergiants of intermediate and late spectral type showing considerable periodicity in their light changes, accompanied or sometimes interrupted by various irregularities. ... Omicron Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... 41 Aurigae is a binary star in the constellation Auriga. ... Artists impression of a binary system consisting of a black hole, with an accretion disc around it, and a main sequence star. ... 51 Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... 36 Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... RT Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... Cepheid in the Spiral Galaxy M100 A Cepheid variable or Cepheid is a member of a particular class of variable stars, notable for a fairly tight correlation between their period of variability and absolute luminosity. ... 53 Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... WW Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... Animation showing how an eclipsing binary stars light intensity changes as they orbit An eclipsing binary star is a binary star in which the orbit plane of the two stars lies so nearly in the line of sight of the observer that the components undergo mutual eclipses. ... The correct title of this article is Psi⁹ Aurigae. ... 64 Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... 47 Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... 39 Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... 5 Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... AE Aurigae is a runaway star in the constellation Auriga. ... A runaway star is one which is moving through space with an abnormally high velocity compared to other stars around it. ... Orion variables are variable stars which exhibit irregular and erruptive variations in their luminosity and are typically associated with diffuse nebulae. ... 54 Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... 62 Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... 38 Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... 59 Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... AR Aurigae is an eclipsing binary star in the constellation Auriga. ... Animation showing how an eclipsing binary stars light intensity changes as they orbit An eclipsing binary star is a binary star in which the orbit plane of the two stars lies so nearly in the line of sight of the observer that the components undergo mutual eclipses. ... 60 Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... 43 Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... 22 Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... The correct title of this article is Psi⁸ Aurigae. ... 6 Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... 42 Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... 18 Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... 12 Aurigae is a star in the constellation Auriga. ... HD 45350 is an 8th magnitude star in the constellation of Auriga. ... HD 49674 is a yellow dwarf star (spectral type G5 V) 133 light years from Earth in the constellation of Auriga. ... Elnath (or El Nath), is a star in the constellation Taurus. ...


See also

This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A medieval artists rendition of Claudius Ptolemaeus Claudius Ptolemaeus (Greek: ; c. ... Andromeda (IPA: ) is a constellation named for the princess Andromeda (which is Greek for Ruler over men), a character in Greek mythology. ... For other uses, see Aquarius (disambiguation). ... Aquila (IPA: , Latin: ; sometimes named the Vulture), is one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy, also mentioned by Eudoxus (4th cent. ... Ara (Latin for Altar) is a faint southerly constellation between the constellations Centaurus and Lupus. ... The constellation Argo Navis drawn by Johannes Hevelius in 1690 Argo Navis (or simply Argo) was a large southern constellation representing the Argo, the ship used by Jason and the Argonauts in Greek mythology. ... Aries (IPA: , Latin: , symbol , ) is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... Boötes (IPA: ), a name deriving from Egypt, is one of the 88 modern constellations and was also one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy. ... Cancer (IPA: , Latin: , symbol , ) is one of the thirteen constellations of the zodiac. ... Canis Major (IPA: , Latin: ) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also in Ptolemys list of 48 constellations. ... Canis Minor (Latin for little dog) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also in Ptolemys list of 48 constellations. ... Capricornus ( or ), a name meaning Horned Goat or That which has horns like a goats in Latin, is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... Cassiopeia is a northern constellation which Greek mythology considered to represent a vain queen. ... Centaurus (Latin for centaur) was one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy, and counts also among the 88 modern constellations. ... Cepheus (IPA: ) is a northern constellation named after King Cepheus in Greek mythology, and is considered to represent a king. ... Cetus (a name from Greek mythology, referring to a Whale or Sea monster, see Ceto) is a constellation of the southern sky, in the region known as the Water, near other watery constellations like Aquarius, Pisces, and Eridanus. ... Corona Australis (IPA: ) or Corona Austrina (IPA: , Latin: ) was one of Ptolemys 48 constellations, and also counts among the 88 modern constellations. ... Corona Borealis (Latin for northern crown) is a small northern constellation whose main stars form a semicircular arc. ... Corvus (Latin for Raven/Crow) is a small southern constellation with only 11 stars visible to the naked eye (brighter than magnitude 5. ... Crater (Latin for cup) is one of the 88 modern constellations and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy. ... Cygnus (IPA: , Latin: ) is a northern constellation. ... Delphinus, being Latin for Dolphin, is a rather small (ranked 69th) northern constellation very close to the celestial equator. ... Draco (Latin for Dragon) is a far northern constellation that is circumpolar for many northern hemisphere observers. ... Equuleus (Latin for horse-let (i. ... Eridanus is the sixth largest of the 88 modern constellations. ... Gemini (IPA: , Latin: , symbol , ) is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... Hercules (IPA: ) is the fifth largest of the 88 modern constellations. ... Hydra (IPA: ) is the largest of the 88 modern constellations, and was also one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy. ... Leo (IPA: , Latin: , symbol , ) is a constellation of the zodiac. ... Lepus (IPA: , Latin: ) is a constellation, lying just south of the Celestial equator, below the constellation Orion, and possibly representing a hare being chased by Orion the hunter. ... Libra (, and Latin for balance) is a constellation of the zodiac. ... Lupus (Latin for Wolf) is a southern constellation. ... For other uses, see Lyra (disambiguation). ... Ophiuchus is one of the 88 constellations, and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy. ... Orion (IPA: ), a constellation often referred to as The Hunter, is a prominent constellation, perhaps the best-known and most conspicuous in the sky. ... Pegasus is a northern constellation, named after the mythological Pegasus. ... Perseus is a northern constellation, named after the Greek hero who slew the monster Medusa. ... For the astrological sign, see Pisces (astrology). ... Piscis Austrinus or Piscis Australis (both of which are Latin for Southern Fish) was one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy, and is also one of the 88 modern constellations. ... Sagitta, being Latin for Arrow, is the third-smallest of all constellations (only Equuleus and Crux are smaller). ... For the astrological sign, see Sagittarius (astrology). ... Scorpius (, and Latin for scorpion) is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... Serpens (the snake) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy. ... For other uses of the word Taurus see Taurus. ... Triangulum is a small northern constellation whose three brightest stars, of third and fourth magnitude, form an elongated triangle. ... Ursa Major (IPA: ) is a constellation visible throughout the year in most of the northern hemisphere. ... Ursa Minor (IPA: ) is a constellation in the northern sky, the name of which means Small Bear in Latin. ... See VIRGO (physics) for a French-Italian project in physics. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Andromeda (IPA: ) is a constellation named for the princess Andromeda (which is Greek for Ruler over men), a character in Greek mythology. ... The constellation Antlia (Latin for pump) is a relatively new constellation as it was only created in the 18th century, being too faint to be acknowledged by the ancient Greeks. ... Apus (Latin for bird of paradise) is a faint southern constellation, not visible to the ancient Greeks. ... For other uses, see Aquarius (disambiguation). ... Aquila (IPA: , Latin: ; sometimes named the Vulture), is one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy, also mentioned by Eudoxus (4th cent. ... Ara (Latin for Altar) is a faint southerly constellation between the constellations Centaurus and Lupus. ... Aries (IPA: , Latin: , symbol , ) is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... Boötes (IPA: ), a name deriving from Egypt, is one of the 88 modern constellations and was also one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy. ... Caelum (IPA: , Latin: , and similar to Latin: ) is a minor southern constellation introduced by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille. ... Camelopardalis, Latin for giraffe, is the name of a large but faint northern constellation first recorded by Jakob Bartsch in 1624, but probably created earlier by Petrus Plancius. ... Cancer (IPA: , Latin: , symbol , ) is one of the thirteen constellations of the zodiac. ... Canes Venatici (Latin for Hunting dogs) is a small northern constellation that was introduced by Johannes Hevelius in the 17th century. ... Canis Major (IPA: , Latin: ) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also in Ptolemys list of 48 constellations. ... Canis Minor (Latin for little dog) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also in Ptolemys list of 48 constellations. ... Capricornus ( or , Unicode: ♑), a name meaning Horned Goat or That which has horns like a goats in Latin, is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... Cheese wizz rulz hardcore. ... Cassiopeia is a northern constellation which Greek mythology considered to represent a vain queen. ... Centaurus (Latin for centaur) was one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy, and counts also among the 88 modern constellations. ... Cepheus (IPA: ) is a northern constellation named after King Cepheus in Greek mythology, and is considered to represent a king. ... Cetus (a name from Greek mythology, referring to a Whale or Sea monster, see Ceto) is a constellation of the southern sky, in the region known as the Water, near other watery constellations like Aquarius, Pisces, and Eridanus. ... For other uses of the word, see chameleon (disambiguation) Chamaeleon (Latin for chameleon) is a minor southern constellation. ... Circinus, Latin for Compass, is one of the small southern (declination −50 to −60 degrees) constellations. ... Columba, Latin for dove, is a small constellation just south to Canis Major and Lepus, it was cut out of the constellation Canis Major by Augustin Royer, in 1679. ... Coma Berenices (Latin for Berenices Hair) is a traditional asterism that has since become a constellation. ... Corona Australis (IPA: ) or Corona Austrina (IPA: , Latin: ) was one of Ptolemys 48 constellations, and also counts among the 88 modern constellations. ... Corona Borealis (Latin for northern crown) is a small northern constellation whose main stars form a semicircular arc. ... Corvus (Latin for Raven/Crow) is a small southern constellation with only 11 stars visible to the naked eye (brighter than magnitude 5. ... Crater (Latin for cup) is one of the 88 modern constellations and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy. ... Crux (IPA: , Latin: ), commonly known as the Southern Cross (in contrast to the Northern Cross), is the smallest of the 88 modern constellations, but nevertheless one of the most distinctive. ... Cygnus (IPA: , Latin: ) is a northern constellation. ... Delphinus, being Latin for Dolphin, is a rather small (ranked 69th) northern constellation very close to the celestial equator. ... Other uses: dorado is used in the fisheries of some Latin American countries to denote the edible fish mahi-mahi (Coryphaena hippurus Dorado is also the name of mythical Latin American warriors. ... Draco (Latin for Dragon) is a far northern constellation that is circumpolar for many northern hemisphere observers. ... Equuleus (Latin for horse-let (i. ... Eridanus is the sixth largest of the 88 modern constellations. ... Fornax (Latin for furnace) is a southern constellation which was first introduced by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille under the name Fornax Chemica (Latin for chemical furnace). ... Gemini (IPA: , Latin: , symbol , ) is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... Grus (Latin for Crane) is a southern constellation. ... Hercules (IPA: ) is the fifth largest of the 88 modern constellations. ... Horologium (Latin for clock) is one of the lesser southern constellations (declination around -60 degrees). ... Hydra (IPA: ) is the largest of the 88 modern constellations, and was also one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy. ... Hydrus (Latin for Hydra, also referred to as male Hydra or little Hydra) is a minor southern constellation. ... Indus is a southern constellation that is supposed to represent an American Indian. ... Lacerta, being Latin for Lizard, is one of the 88 official constellations acknowledged by the International Astronomical Union. ... Leo (IPA: , Latin: , symbol , ) is a constellation of the zodiac. ... Leo Minor (Latin for Small Lion) is a rather dim constellation that can barely be recognized as a triangle and lies between the easily discerned constellations Ursa Major and Leo. ... Lepus (IPA: , Latin: ) is a constellation, lying just south of the Celestial equator, below the constellation Orion, and possibly representing a hare being chased by Orion the hunter. ... Libra (, and Latin for balance) is a constellation of the zodiac. ... Lupus (Latin for Wolf) is a southern constellation. ... Lynx (IPA: ) is a constellation of the northern hemisphere, introduced in the 17th century by Johannes Hevelius. ... For other uses, see Lyra (disambiguation). ... Mensa (Latin for Table) is a southern constellation which was first introduced by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille under the name Mons Mensae (Latin for table mountain). ... Categories: Astronomy stubs | Modern constellations | Constellations ... Monoceros (Latin for Unicorn) is a faint constellation on the winter night sky, surrounded by Orion to the west, Gemini to the north, Canis Major to the south and Hydra to the east. ... Musca (Latin for Fly) is one of the minor southern constellations. ... Norma (Latin for Normal, i. ... Octans (Latin for octant) is an inconspicuous constellation introduced by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille. ... Ophiuchus is one of the 88 constellations, and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy. ... Orion (IPA: ), a constellation often referred to as The Hunter, is a prominent constellation, perhaps the best-known and most conspicuous in the sky. ... Pavo, being Latin for Peacock, is a southern constellation. ... Pegasus is a northern constellation, named after the mythological Pegasus. ... Perseus is a northern constellation, named after the Greek hero who slew the monster Medusa. ... Categories: Astronomy stubs | Modern constellations | Constellations ... Pictor, being Latin for easel, is one of the minor southern (declination -50 to -60) constellations. ... For the astrological sign, see Pisces (astrology). ... Piscis Austrinus or Piscis Australis (both of which are Latin for Southern Fish) was one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy, and is also one of the 88 modern constellations. ... Puppis (IPA: , Latin: ) is a southern constellation. ... Categories: Astronomy stubs | Modern constellations | Constellations | Pyxis constellation | Argo Navis constellation ... Reticulum (Latin for reticle), is one of the minor southern (declination -60 degrees) constellations. ... Sagitta, being Latin for Arrow, is the third-smallest of all constellations (only Equuleus and Crux are smaller). ... For the astrological sign, see Sagittarius (astrology). ... Scorpius (Latin for scorpion, symbol , Unicode ♏) is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... Categories: Astronomy stubs | Modern constellations | Constellations | Sculptor constellation ... Scutum (Latin for shield) is a small constellation. ... Serpens (the snake) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy. ... For the Ancient Roman coin denomination, see sextans (coin). ... For other uses of the word Taurus see Taurus. ... Telescopium (Latin for Telescope) is a minor southern constellation identified and named by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille, the 18th century French astronomer, a student of the southern skies. ... Triangulum is a small northern constellation whose three brightest stars, of third and fourth magnitude, form an elongated triangle. ... Triangulum Australe is a small southern constellation whose three brightest stars, of second and third magnitude, form an approximately equilateral triangle. ... Tucana (Latin for Toucan) is a southern constellation. ... Ursa Major (IPA: ) is a constellation visible throughout the year in most of the northern hemisphere. ... Ursa Minor (IPA: ) is a constellation in the northern sky, the name of which means Small Bear in Latin. ... Vela (Latin for sails) is a southern constellation, one of the four parts into which Argo Navis was split (the others being; Carina (constellation), Puppis and Pyxis. ... See VIRGO (physics) for a French-Italian project in physics. ... Categories: Astronomy stubs | Modern constellations | Constellations | Volans constellation ... Vulpecula (IPA: , Latin: ) is a faint northern constellation located in the middle of the Summer Triangle, an asterism consisting of the bright stars Deneb, Vega and Altair. ...

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Auriga (IPA: /ˌɔːˈriːgə/, Latin: charioteer) is a northern constellation.
Aurigae, NGC 1664, which is close to Epsilon Aurigae, and IC 410 (or NGC 1893), a cluster with nebulosity next to IC 405, the Flaming Star Nebula, found a few degrees to the right of M38.
The Romans identified this constellation with Erichthonius, the lame son of Vulcan (whom the Greeks referred to as Hephaestus) and Minerva (whom the Greeks referred to as Athena), who invented the four-horse chariot.
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