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Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders by Barbara Fritchman Thompson, Robert Bruce Thompson

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05Auriga, The Charioteer

NAME: Auriga (uh-RYE-guh; ore-RYE-guh)

SEASON: Late autumn

CULMINATION: midnight, 9 December

ABBREVIATION: Aur

GENITIVE: Aurigae (uh-RYE-GUY; ore-RYE-GUY)

NEIGHBORS: Cam, Gem, Lyn, Per, Tau

BINOCULAR OBJECTS: NGC 1893, NGC 1907, NGC 1912 (M 38), NGC 1960 (M 36), NGC 2099 (M 37), NGC 2281

URBAN OBJECTS: NGC 1912 (M 38), NGC 1960 (M 36), NGC 2099 (M 37), NGC 2281, 37-theta

Auriga is a prominent, large constellation, ranking 21st in size among the 88 constellations. It covers 657 square degrees of the celestial sphere, or about 1.6%. Auriga is an ancient constellation, well-known to the Greeks and Romans of antiquity, although they did not associate Auriga with a chariot or charioteer. The chariot association arose much ...

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