Auriga - 1

Auriga is a Northern Hemisphere constellation otherwise known as the Charioteer. It is one of the 48 Greek constellations originally described by the 2nd century astronomer Claudius Ptolemy (Wikipedia). Auriga remains one of the 88 modern constellations defined by the International Astronomical Union (Wikipedia).

Auriga (abbrev. = Aur; genitive = Aurigae) covers 657 square degrees or 1.59% of the celestial sphere making it the 21st largest constellation. It contains 152 stars brighter than apparent magnitude 6.5, the brightest star being Capella. See the Auriga Star Chart for a figure illustrating this constellation including the identification of its brighter stars.

See Auriga 2 for a close-up view of this constellation.

For more information see the entries for Auriga at Wikipedia and U. Wisconsin. For a chart of Auriga, see Aur (IAU).

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