Bootes

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

Bootes (abbrev. = Boo; genitive = Bootis) covers 907 square degrees or 2.20% of the celestial sphere making it the 13th largest constellation. It contains 144 stars brighter than apparent magnitude 6.5, the brightest star being Arcturus (Alpha Bootis). See the Bootes Star Chart for a figure illustrating this constellation including the identification of its brighter stars.

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

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