Auriga


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Map created in Guide 7.0 with the figure outline based on Johannes Hevelius' Uranographia (1690). Click on the object's name to access its image or click on the name of adjacent constellation to see its map.


Auriga. the Charioteer, was recognized as a constellation since antiquity. Greeks considered its brightest star, Cappella, to represent Amalthea - the goat which suckled infant Zeus. The triangle of tree stars to its SW, e Aurigae, h Aurigae and z Aurigae, are called the Kids.


Auriga culminates around 10 pm in early January. It is crossed by the Milky Way and contains numerous open star clusters and nebulae.


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