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Lore of the Constellations: Boötes

4 May 2020, 16:00 UTC
Lore of the Constellations: Boötes
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For video #3 in our special series, Jay Lamm, Planetarium Producer and Technical Manager at the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium in the Louisiana Art & Science Museum, will take you on an exploration behind the meaning and origin of the strange namesake of Boötes, the herdsman.

You might not be too familiar with the constellation Boötes but it represents a herdsman. You can find him right above the constellation of Virgo and under the arc of the Big Dipper within Ursa Major. In fact, here’s a shot of Boötes as seen from outside my house.

Having a hard time finding it? Click on the images to see a full-size shot.
Boötes looks sort of like a kite, ice cream cone, or maybe even a neck-tie. But, if we use our imagination we can form a picture of a herdsman, yelling at Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, aka the large and small bear. To find Boötes, take the arc of the Big Dipper (found within Ursa Major) and arc your way to the bright star Arcturus. Here’s an outline of Boötes from the same picture.

Now, see if you can make out Boötes for yourself.

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