Boötes and Corona Borealis - Downloadable article
Far away from the galactic plane, the Herdsman and the Northern Crown hold a modest flock of wondrous jewels.
March 3, 2009
|This downloadable article is from an Astronomy magazine 45-article series called "Celestial Portraits." The collection highlights all 88 constellations in the sky and explains how to observe each constellation's deep-sky targets. The articles feature star charts, stunning pictures, and constellation mythology. We've put together 11 digital packages. Each one contains four Celestial Portraits articles for you to purchase and download.|
"Boötes and Corona Borealis" is one of four articles included in Celestial Portraits Package 1.
Our celestial tour has taken us to the lair of the Great Bear Ursa Major and through the realm of galaxies in Virgo the Maiden. This month, we journey to the region in between. The area of the sky occupied by Boötes the Herdsman and his neighbor Corona Borealis the Northern Crown.
Both constellations are easily recognized. Boötes takes the form of a child's kite, with the 0.0-magnitude star Arcturus (Alpha [α] Boötis) marking the point where the kite's tail would be attached. Its neighbor, Corona Borealis, looks like a "U" or a crescent shaped crown, with the 2.2-magnitude star Alphecca (Alpha [α] Coronae Borealis) marking the crown's central jewel. To read the complete article, purchase and download Celestial Portraits Package 1.
|Deep-sky objects in Boötes and Corona Borealis|
NGC 5248, NGC 5466, NGC 5523, NGC 5529, NGC 5676, Epsilon Boo (Izar), 44 Boo (I Bootis), Abell 2065, Zeta CrB, R CrB