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Auriga (Charioteer)

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Auriga has many open clusters and other objects because the Milky Way runs through it. The three brightest open clusters are M36, M37 and M38, all of which are visible. The brightest star is Capella.

Its name is Latin for 'charioteer' and its stars form a shape that has been associated with the pointed helmet of a charioteer.

Neighbouring Constellations

Camelopardalis (Giraffe)

Taurus (Bull)

Lynx (Lynx)

Gemini (Twins)

Perseus (Perseus)

Picture of Auriga