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Boötes
Constellation
Abbreviation Boo
Pronunciation /bˈtz/
Symbolism the herdsman
Right ascension 15
Declination +30
Quadrant NQ3
Area 907 sq. deg. (13th)
Main stars 7, 15
Bayer/Flamsteed
stars
59
Stars with planets 9
Stars brighter than 3.00m 3
Stars within 10.00 pc (32.62 ly) 3
Brightest star Arcturus (α Boo) (−0.04m)
Nearest star Wolf 498
(17.71 ly, 5.43 pc)
Meteor showers
  • January Bootids
  • June Bootids
  • Quadrantids
Visible at latitudes between +90° and −50°.
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of June.
Other designations: Arctophylax
Boötes IAU
Boötes Constellation chart

Boötes, pronounced with both 'O's as 'boötez', is one of the 88 modern constellations in the northern sky. The name is from the Greek word Βοώτης, which means herdsman – someone who takes care of animals.

Shape

The constellation's shape is like a kite. Boötes has the third brightest star in the night sky, called Arcturus (α Bootis). The astronomer Ptolemy listed it in the 2nd century when he made a list of 48 constellations.

The Cloverleaf quasar is visually in Bootes.

Main stars

  • α Bootis (Arcturus) is the brightest and most important star of the constellation, with a magnitude of -0.04, the 3rd brightest star of the sky. It is an orange giant star
  • β Bootis (Nekkar), yellow giant with magnitude 3.49 and 219 light years from the Earth
  • y Bootis (Ceginus), Delta Scuti variable with magnitude 3,04
  • δ Bootis (Princeps), another yellow giant.

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