Auriga (constellation) facts for kids
|Area||657 sq. deg. (21st)|
|Main stars||5, 8|
|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)
|Visible at latitudes between +90° and −40°.
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of late February to early March.
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.
Images for kids
A painting by Peter Paul Rubens entitled Finding of Erichthonius; Erichthonius and Auriga are often associated.
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