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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.
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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.
Collins Dictionary of Astronomy © Market House Books Ltd, 2006
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

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.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

Auriga

[ȯ′rī·gə]
(astronomy)
A constellation with a right ascension of 6 hours and declination of 40°N. Abbreviated Aur; Auri.
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