English Name: The Herdsmans
Hemisphere: Northern Hemisphere
Location: Between the constellations of Coma Berenices and Corona Borealis.
Visible between latitudes: +90 and -50 degrees
Best season: Spring/Summer
Seen in three seasons: Summer, Autumn & Winter
Best seen in: May/June
Seen between: March and July
Right Ascension (RA): 15 hour
Declination (DEC): +30 degrees
Area (square degrees): 907 (13th)
Bootes (The Herdsman)
- Bootes is an elongated constellation;
- The brightest star in north of the Celestial equator – Arcturus.
- It is an orange giant star to the naked-eye at the night sky.
- 100 times more luminous-bright than the Sun.
- No Messier objects in Bootes.
Features of Interest
- Bootes is in a part of the celestial sphere facing away from the plane of our home galaxy – Milky Way, and so does not have open clusters or nebulae.
- 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)
- Photo of the constellation – Bootes, as it appears to the naked-eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart – Bootes
- List of stars in Bootes.
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