Auriga (constellation)

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List of stars in Auriga
Abbreviation: Aur[1]
Genitive: Aurigae
Right ascension: 6 h
Declination: +40°
Area: 657[2] sq. deg. (21st)
Main stars: 5, 8
Bayer/Flamsteed stars: 65
Stars known to have planets: 7
Bright stars: 4
Nearby stars: 2
Brightest star: Capella (α Aur) (0.08m)
Nearest star: QY Aur[3] ( ly)
Messier objects: 3[4]
Meteor showers:
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 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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