Northern Hemisphere

Bootes Bootis (Boo)

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Bootes is a large and prominent constellation of the northern sky, extending from Draco and the handle of the Big Dipper in the north to Virgo in the south. It contains the brightest star north of the celestial equator, Arcturus (Alpha Bootis), which is also the fourth-brightest star of all. Bootes represents a man herding a bear (Ursa Major). The name "Arcturus" means "bear guard" or "bear keeper" in Greek. The herdsman's two dogs are represented in the adjoining constellation, Canes Venatici. Some faint stars in the northern part of Bootes used to form a constellation called Quadrans Muralis. The name survives in the Quadrantids, a meteor shower originating in this part of the sky in January

EpsiLoN BooTis

The orange star and Its blue-green companion present one of the most beautiful contrasts of all doubles. As well as a high-magnification telescope, a night of steady air is needed to see this double at its best.

EpsiLoN BooTis

The orange star and Its blue-green companion present one of the most beautiful contrasts of all doubles. As well as a high-magnification telescope, a night of steady air is needed to see this double at its best.

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