|Meaning in English||the Herdsman|
|Right ascension||15 h|
|Visible to latitude||Between 90° and -50°|
|On meridian||9 p.m., June 15|
907 sq. deg.
|Number of stars with|
apparent magnitude < 3
- Apparent magnitude
|Arcturus (α Boötis)|
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2 Notable deep sky objects
The name of Arcturus, the alpha star of Boötes, means bear driver. It is a zero magnitude red giant and is the fourth brightest star as seen from Earth in the night sky. It is one of the vertices of the Spring Triangle, the other two being Spica (α Virginis) and Denebola (β Leonis).
Izar (ε Boo), having an apparent magnitude of 2.7, is the third brightest star in the constellation. It is actually a binary and has a companion of 5.12m.
The meteor shower Quadrantids within this constellation is named after the defunct constellation Quadrans Muralis (which is now a part of Boötes).
Notable deep sky objects
The exact person who Boötes is supposed to represent is not clear. According to one version, he was a man (name would be helpful) who was robbed by his brother of everything he had. He then wandered all over the earth. At one point, he invented the plough, which is seen in the constellation, as are the two oxen which pulled it. It was also said to be Icarius, who was killed by some shepherds after they believed he poisoned them (it was really wine; they had never been intoxicated before).