Tag Archives: Auriga

Lynx (The lynx)

This faint, northern circumpolar constellation is best seen in March. It is so named because lynx-like vision is required to see its faint stars. Also, it represents the long, stretched out body of a lynx. This 28th-largest constellation is located between the Big Dipper, Pollux and Castor of Gemini, and Auriga.  Its only named star is Alsciaukat, which is Arabic for thorn. This constellation’s most notable deep sky object, the Intergalactic Tramp (NGC 2419), is the globular cluster of stars most distant from Earth. The Lynx reaches its highest nightfall ascension in March.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynx_(constellation)

IAU Lynx chart, IAU and Sky & Telescope magazine (Roger Sinnott and Rick Fienberg), June 5, 2011.

© James R. Johnson, 2014.
jim@jrjohnson.net

Auriga (The charioteer)

AurigaAuriga is named for a mythological Roman charioteer. This constellation was one of the 48 constellations cataloged by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy that remain among the 88 modern constellations. This 21st-largest constellation is located above (north and west of) Orion’s head, and it can best be located by identifying its brightest star, Capella (Alpha Arigulae). The brighter stars form a rather large and distinct pentagonal asterism.

Auriga has many interesting deep sky objects, including three open star clusters (Messier M36, M37, and M38) that are very striking, and easily located with a modest telescope. Also very prominent is the Flaming Star Nebula.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auriga_(constellation)

IAU Auriga chart, IAU and Sky & Telescope magazine (Roger Sinnott and Rick Fienberg), June 4, 2011.

© James R. Johnson, 2014.
jim@jrjohnson.net