Bootes Constellation Of The Herdsman Or...??
The Bootes constellation is a difficult one.
Not to find or see but to pronounce and understand.
Boötes(notice the marking above the second o) is pronounced in three syllables...boh-oh-tease.
Understanding the constellation mythology is
slightly harder. There are many different myths
He is a herdsman, which is the meaning of the
name in Greek, in one myth.
He is the inventor of the plow in another myth.
Using his team of oxen to drive them around
This is what rotates the Earth and sky.
Some myths have him as a hunter chasing the great bear Ursa Major
big dipper constellation
is formed from.
The constellation is shaped like a giant
kite and does not easily resemble a human.
Bootes is a large constellation, located
southeast of the asterism of the Big Dipper
and west of the Northern Crown, Corona Borealis.
Guarding The Bears
Right Ascension: 15 hours
Declination: 30 degrees
Visible between latitudes 90 and -50 degrees
Best seen in June (at 9:00 PM)
ARCTURUS (Alpha Boo)
Nekkar (Beta Boo)
Seginus (Gamma Boo)
IZAR (Epsilon Boo)
Mufrid (Eta Boo)
Asellus Primus (Theta Boo)
Asellus Secondus (Iota Boo)
Asellus Tertius (Kappa 2 Boo)
Alkalurops (Mu 1 Boo)
Merga (38 Boo)
Arcturus an orange giant star about 36 light years away
is the fourth brightest star in the sky. This includes the Sun.
However, the combined light of the alpha centauri stars is brighter.
Bootes also contains some great double stars for the
backyard stargazer to enjoy.
Izar is the best and can be separated into it's component
stars,an orange giant and a blue-green companion star,
in a telescope with a 75mm(about 3 inches) aperture.
NGC5466 is a globular cluster visible in most telescopes.
The Boötes Void is a large section of the universe that
has very few galaxies.
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