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Auriga
Constellation
Abbreviation Aur
Genitive Aurigae
Pronunciation
Symbolism the Charioteer
Right ascension 6
Declination +40
Quadrant NQ1
Area 657 sq. deg. (21st)
Main stars 5, 8
Bayer/Flamsteed
stars
65
Stars with planets 7
Stars brighter than 3.00m 4
Stars within 10.00 pc (32.62 ly) 2
Brightest star Capella (α Aur) (0.08m)
Nearest star QY Aur
(20.74 ly, 6.36 pc)
Messier objects 3
Meteor showers
  • Aurigids
  • Delta Aurigids
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 IAU
Ara Constellation chart

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.

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