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Auriga

(ôrī`gə) [Lat.,=the charioteer or wagoner], northern constellationconstellation,
in common usage, group of stars that appear to form a configuration in the sky; properly speaking, a constellation is a definite region of the sky in which the configuration of stars is contained.
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 traditionally represented as a man, possibly Vulcan, carrying a goat on his shoulder while driving a chariot. It lies E of Perseus and N of Gemini and Taurus. Auriga contains CapellaCapella,
brightest star in the constellation Auriga; Bayer designation α Aurigae; 1992 position R.A. 5h16.1m, Dec. +45°59'. Capella is a yellow giant star of spectral class G8 III and is also a spectroscopic binary star with a component of spectral
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, 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.

Auriga

(ô-rÿ -gă-ree -) (Charioteer) A conspicuous constellation in the northern hemisphere near Orion, lying in the Milky Way, the brightest stars being Capella (α) and the 2nd-magnitude Algol variable Menkalinan (β). Epsilon (∊) and Zeta (ζ) are eclipsing binaries (see Epsilon Aurigae; Zeta Aurigae). The area contains the bright open clusters M36 (NGC 1960), M37 (NGC 2099), and M38 (NGC 1912). Abbrev.: Aur; genitive form: Aurigae; approx. position: RA 5.5h, dec +40°; area: 657 sq deg.

Auriga

 

a constellation in the northern sky. Auriga’s brightest star, Capella, has a visual stellar magnitude of 0.1. The most favorable conditions for visibility occur in December and January. Auriga can be seen from all parts of the USSR.

Auriga

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(astronomy)
A constellation with a right ascension of 6 hours and declination of 40°N. Abbreviated Aur; Auri.
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