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  Auriga: the Charioteer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The constellation of Auriga the Charioteer appears in the Greek charts by Eudoxus in the 4th century BC.
In one Greek legend, Auriga represents Erichthonius, a King of Athens and the son of Vulcan and Minerva.
Auriga was deformed and his difficulty in walking led him to invent the four horse chariot.
starryskies.com /The_sky/constallations_html/auriga.html   (367 words)

 Auriga the Charioteer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Auriga depicts a Charioteer, who is crouched down and holding a nanny goat and her three kids.
Auriga's brightest star is Capella, the 6th brightest night time star at magnitude 0.08.
It and the stars Mu Columbae (in Columba the dove) and 53 Arietis (in Aries the ram) seem to be fleeing the star forming region in the constellation of Orion.
ourworld.compuserve.com /homepages/bmoler/auriga.htm   (636 words)

Auriga is an ancient Northern Hemisphere constellation featuring one of the brightest stars in the heavens: Capella.
Auriga is usually pictured as a charioteer; the youth Auriga wields a whip in one hand and holds a goat (Capella) and her two kids in the other.
While this star marks roughly the mid-point of the constellation, north to south, most of the more interesting aspects of the constellation are found to the south of the star, all the way down to El Nath, the second brightest star (gamma Aurigae) which is actually shared with Taurus, and also known as beta Tauri.
www.dibonsmith.com /aur_con.htm   (673 words)

 Auriga, a Constellation for January
Auriga the Charioteer or Wagoner is a large ancient constellation, known to Babylonian and Greek astronomers, to which the Greek astronomer Ptolemy in 150 AD assigned fourteen stars.
Auriga's leading star is Capella, the seventh brightest appearing star in the sky.
Auriga lies well north of the celestial equator, as a result the entire constellation is only visible from the extreme north of New Zealand.
www.rasnz.org.nz /Stars/Auriga.htm   (633 words)

 Sea and Sky's Pictures in the Sky: February Constellations
Auriga can be seen most of the year in northern latitudes, due to its circumpolar nature.
This constellation was named after Castor and Pollux, two Greek heroes who were among the men Jason led on his voyages on the Argo.
This constellation is one of 15 named by Abbé Nicolas Louis de Lacaille during his trip to the Cape of Good Hope in southern Africa.
www.seasky.org /pictures/sky7b02.html   (955 words)

 Hawaiian Astronomical Society - Auriga
Auriga is usually identified with Phaethon, the son of the sun god Helios and Clymene.
This is the eastern section of the constellation.
It is.8° SSW of Psi 7 Aurigae in the northwest part of the constellation.
hawastsoc.org /deepsky/aur/index.html   (775 words)

 Constellation Auriga
The reason for this is that the star, which would be listed as gamma Aur is shared with the constellation Taurus (its lying exactly on the boundary) and is listed as beta Tau.
As the Milky Way runs through this constellation it is quite a pleasure to view this part of the sky.
Auriga may represent the sea god Poseidon, dring his chariot drawn by sea horses.
www.seds.org /Maps/Stars_en/Fig/auriga.html   (615 words)

 Auriga Farm Welsh Ponies
"Auriga" (Awe-rye-gah) is a winter constellation in the northern hemisphere, and can be seen as a perfect pentagram of 5 stars directly overhead from the winter solstice to about mid-January.
The name comes originally from the Greek constellation which was depicted as that of a Goatherd and his three kids.
Although the depiction of the constellation in modern books is almost always given as the Roman charioteer, the "goat" names of the stars remained intact.
aurigafarm.8m.com /name.html   (286 words)

 Constellation Summaries - SpaceTides e-zine
Auriga (the charioteer) is a relatively large and beautiful constellation with a prominent shape and bright stars.
Auriga lies between Taurus/Perseus to the west and Gemini to the east.
Auriga is easiest to find early in the year in the evening sky when it is due north.
www.assabfn.co.za /spacetides/constellations/auriga.htm   (184 words)

 SPACE.com -- NightSky Friday: The Goat Star: A Strange Light in the Northeast
It is Capella, in the constellation of Auriga, the Charioteer.
Auriga is one of those star patterns whose exact origin is a hopeless mix of antique conceptions.
Auriga is usually represented holding a whip in one hand in deference to the Charioteer story, but in his other arm he is holding a she-goat (Capella) and her three kids.
www.space.com /spacewatch/capella_030919.html   (1224 words)

 Auriga   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Placed to the north of Gemini and Taurus, and situated between Lynx and Perseus, the constellation of Auriga contains the sixth star in order of brightness of the whole vault of heaven: it is Capella, a yellow giant, with a bright issue equal to sixty times that of the Sun.
Other interesting stars are two eclipse binaries, both situated near the border with the constellation of Perseus: epsilon Aurigae, that has a 27-year period (the longest among the known eclipse binaries), and zeta Aurigae, which every 2 years and 6 months pass during six weeks from the magnitude 3,7 to the magnitude 4,0.
Auriga, then, has a trio of open cluster: M36 (reproduced here on the left), that counts about sixty stars; M37, composed from around 150 stars; and M38, the least compact one, with hundred weak stars.
www.astrofilitrentini.it /mat/costell/aur_e.html   (423 words)

 Auriga The Charioteer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Auriga (pronounced oh-RYE-guh), and the star Capella, were identified in Greek mythology with the goat that nursed the infant god Zeus.
The charioteer in the constellation is usually represented carrying two, or three, goat kids on his shoulder.
Auriga is located near the northern part of the Milky Way, and is full of interesting objects to observe.
sciastro.net /portia/articles/auriga.htm   (914 words)

 Auriga (constellation) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Auriga (IPA: [ɔˈɹaɪgə], Latin: charioteer) is a northern constellation.
Aurigae, NGC 1664, which is close to ε Aurigae, and IC 410 (or NGC 1893), a cluster with nebulosity next to IC 405, the Flaming Star Nebula, found a few degrees to the right of M38.
AE Aurigae, a runaway star, is a bright variable star currently located within the Flaming Star Nebula.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Auriga_(constellation)   (700 words)

 Constellation Auriga
Some, however, say that the constellation is Erichthonius, son of Athena, who was lame and invented the four-horse chariot in order to move around more freely.
Strangely, in China the stars of Auriga were considered the five chariots of the five emperors.
Of the Kids, the star closest to Capella is Epsilon Aurigae and for a hundred-fifty years it has been one of the most observed and controversial of all the stars.
www.eastbayastro.org /articles/lore/auriga.htm   (706 words)

 Auriga, mythology, history and telescopical observations
Auriga has had many mythological figures depending on the civilizations; for the Assyrians they saw in her a car of war, the Greeks on the other hand saw a cuádriga invented by Erictonio or
The constellation of Auriga I located January 1st, 1982, when it was 14 years old, I suppose that in one night cold of winter.
One is in a quite poor zone in stars; it is a weak stellar accumulation, is surrounded by four shining stars that emphasize in the field, in the center of the accumulation is peculiar to observe four stars in rhombus form, is a precious stellar accumulation, story approximately thirty stars of different magnitudes.
www.mallorcaweb.net /masm/Aur1.htm   (1503 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
We’ll discuss myths associated with the various constellations as well as describing the numerous deep sky objects residing in the area.
This weekend we move on to the constellation Auriga the Charioteer.
M36 is the smallest of Auriga's Messier clusters.
www.utahskies.org /deepsky/constellations/auriga.html   (824 words)

 Auriga the Charioteer
Auriga is a large constellation, fully situated in, and stretching northward across the Milky Way.
Auriga is depicted as a warm-hearted herdsman, a young man with whip in the right hand, but without a chariot, holding a she-goat (Capella) supported against the left shoulder, with two kids on the wrist (the Hoedus or Haedi; Haedi 1 and Haedi 11).
Alpha Auriga: "The' Olenian goat (Capella, Olenian either as being on the left arm of the Charioteer, or as the daughter of Oleniss), keeping watch over the Kids which stray ahead, enstarred on the right in the cold north sky for her services as foster-mother of mighty Jove (Jupiter).
www.winshop.com.au /annew/Auriga.html   (3661 words)

 AllRefer.com - Auriga, Constellation (Constellations) - Encyclopedia
Auriga[OrI´gu] Pronunciation Key [Lat.,=the charioteer or wagoner], northern constellation traditionally represented as a man, possibly Vulcan, carrying a goat on his shoulder while driving a chariot.
Auriga contains Capella, a bright, yellow giant star, and Epsilon Aurigae, an eclipsing binary in which a small star orbits a cool supergiant star.
The constellation reaches its highest point in the evening sky in early February.
reference.allrefer.com /encyclopedia/A/Auriga.html   (175 words)

The constellations, as they were described in Greek mythology, were mostly god-favoured (or cursed) heroes and beasts who received a place in the heavens in memorial of their deeds.
As the constellation gradually rises earlier and earlier in the night, its place on the solar horizon at dawn is eventually replaced by the next constellation of the zodiac, namely Cancer, in mid June.
Here the constellations were apparently believed to dwell deep beneath the earth in the misty pit of Tartaros, or else within the lands of the dead.
www.theoi.com /Cat_Astraioi.html   (3597 words)

 AE Aurigae
An O-type star in the constellation Aurgia which is also one of the best known runaway stars.
Approximately 2.7 million years ago an event occurred that violently ejected these three stars: it may have been a supernova explosion or, alternately, a close encounter between two massive binary star systems.
AE Aurigae is presently passing through an unrelated interstellar cloud of gas and dust that it is illuminating and giving rise to the so-called Flaming Star Nebula.
www.daviddarling.info /encyclopedia/A/AE_Aurigae.html   (271 words)

 Practical Astronomy ~ for everynight use   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Constellations are patterns of stars that muggles have named.
Some sky atlases describe Auriga as a goatherd holding a small, female goat in his arm as he rides throught the sky in his chariot.
Auriga is considered to be the guardian of shepherds.
www.expage.com /PAclass4   (481 words)

 Star Tales – Auriga
Auriga carrying the goat and kids, from the Uranographia of Johann Bode (1801).
Auriga contains the sixth-brightest star in the sky, Capella, a Roman name meaning ‘she-goat’ (its Greek name was Aix).
According to Aratus it represented the goat Amaltheia, who suckled the infant Zeus on the island of Crete and was placed in the sky as a mark of gratitude, along with the two kids she bore at the same time.
www.ianridpath.com /startales/auriga.htm   (765 words)

 The Constellation of Auriga : Starshine.com
Auriga was among the earliest constellations to be named, but its origins are not known.
In what may be a mix of the two associations, Auriga is usually portrayed with a goat over one shoulder, represented by the very bright star Capella, and with two or three kids on his arm.
Capella was identified by the Greeks with Amalthea, the goat that nursed the infant Zeus.
www.starshine.com /frankn/astronomy/constellations.asp?Constell=AUR   (190 words)

 Page 56   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
This wide field view encompasses all of the winter constellation Auriga, The Charioteer.
The bright star in the upper center is Capella and is the sixth brightest in the sky at magnitude 0.1.
Auriga lies along the Milky Way whose star clouds are visable in the image and to the un-aided eye at a dark site.
home.att.net /~tkconner2/Auriga.html   (110 words)

 Weasner's Meade ETX Site
In addition to familiar Taurus, the Bull, to the south, Auriga is bordered at the north by Camelopardalis, Perseus to its west, Lynx to the east, and Gemini to the southeast.
Within the borders of Auriga are at least 10 brighter galactic stars clusters of interest to amateur astronomers, all of which are visible in the widest range of telescope sizes, and certainly most even in binoculars.
In the constellation guide "GO TO" ARIES (http://www.weasner.com/etx/ref_guides/aries.html), we discussed three stars that were known as the "Runaway Stars" from their point of "birth" in the Orion Nebula.
www.weasner.com /etx/ref_guides/auriga.html   (4903 words)

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