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Boötes (Herdsman)

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Boötes contains the third brightest star in the night sky, Arcturus. Boötes also hosts a large number of double stars which are visible.

In ancient Babylon, Boötes is known as the god Enlil who is a special patron of farmers. Boötes was also supposed to have invented the plough.

Neighbouring Constellations

Draco (Dragon)

Hercules (Hercules)

Serpens (Serpent)

Virgo (Virgin)

Ursa Major (Great Bear (Dipper))

Canes Venatici (Hunting Dogs)

Coma Berenices (Berenices Hair)

Corona Borealis (Northern Crown)

Picture of Boötes