Auriga (constellation)

constellation in the northern celestial hemisphere

Auriga is a constellation in the northern sky. It is the Latin word for "charioteer" - someone who drives a vehicle that is pulled by an animal. The astronomer Ptolemy listed Auriga in the 2nd century when he was writing a list of 48 constellations.

Auriga
Constellation
Auriga
AbbreviationAur[1]
GenitiveAurigae
Pronunciation
Symbolismthe Charioteer
Right ascension6
Declination+40
QuadrantNQ1
Area657[3] sq. deg. (21st)
Main stars5, 8
Bayer/Flamsteed
stars
65
Stars with planets7
Stars brighter than 3.00m4
Stars within 10.00 pc (32.62 ly)2
Brightest starCapella (α Aur) (0.08m)
Messier objects3[4]
Meteor showers
Bordering
constellations
Visible at latitudes between +90° and −40°.
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of late February to early March.
Ara Constellation chart

ReferencesEdit

Citations

  1. Russell 1922, p. 469.
  2. Pasachoff 2006.
  3. Ridpath, Constellations.
  4. Bakich 1995, p. 54.
  5. Bakich 1995, p. 26.


References

  • Bakich, Michael E. (1995). The Cambridge Guide to the Constellations. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-44921-2.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Ridpath, Ian; Tirion, Wil (2001). Stars and Planets Guide (3rd ed.). Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0-691-08913-3.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • "The 100 Nearest Star Systems". Research Consortium on Nearby Stars. 1 January 2012. Archived from the original on 13 May 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  • Ridpath, Ian; Tirion, Wil (2009). The Monthly Sky Guide (8th ed.). Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-13369-2.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Russell, Henry Norris (October 1922). "The New International Symbols for the Constellations". Popular Astronomy. 30: 469. Bibcode:1922PA.....30..469R.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)