Auriga (The Charioteer)
Auriga (pronounced ɔːˈraɪɡə) is the Latin name of a large constellation (in fact it extends itself for about 36 degrees across the sky) situated north of the celestial equator. As such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere.
In English language this constellation is also known as "The Charioteer" while in astronomical texts and literature this constellation is often abbreviated as "Aur" (according to the standard of the International Astronomical Union - IAU) or as "Auri" (according to a naming convention used by NASA).
The Latin genitive of the constellation name is "Aurigae" (pronounced ɔːˈraɪdʒiː) and it is used to identify some of the brightest stars in this constellation based on the Bayer or Flamsteed star naming convention. For instance: α Aurigae (the brightest star of Auriga based on the Bayer catalog); or 23 Aurigae (the 23th star in the constellation of Auriga based on the Flamsteed catalog).
Sky chart of Auriga from your location
Here we provide a simplified sky chart of the Auriga constellation. Alternatively it is possible to locate Auriga in the night sky using our Online Interactive Planetarium.
Visibility of Auriga from your location
Auriga is circumpolar and transits at 13:20 UTC (altitude: 78.3°)
The rise and set times provided here are just directional indications and they refer to a point approximately placed at the center of the constellation. In case of very large constellations (like Auriga actually is) these times can have little relevance.
Top bright stars in Auriga
The table below lists the top 20 brightest stars in the Auriga constellation. See also the complete list of 159 stars brighter than magnitude 6.5 (approximate) in the constellation of Auriga. Click on each star to see more details about it.
|HR Number(*)||Star designation||Proper name||Visual magnitude||Color||Notes|
|HR1708||α Aurigae||Capella||0.08||⬤||Variable; Multiple;|
|HR2088||β Aurigae||Menkalinan||1.9||⬤||Variable; Multiple;|
|HR2095||θ Aurigae||Mahasim||2.62||⬤||Variable; Multiple;|
|HR1605||ε Aurigae||Almaaz||2.99||⬤||Variable; Multiple;|
|HR1726||16 Aurigae||4.54||⬤||Variable; Double;|
|...go to the complete list of 159 bright stars in the constellation of Auriga|
(*) HR stands for Harvard Revised Bright Star Catalogue, which is also known as the Yale Catalogue of Bright Stars.
Top deep sky objects in Auriga
The table below lists the 20 brightest deep sky objects in the Auriga constellation. See also the complete list of 37 deep sky objects in the constellation of Auriga. The list includes objects from the Messier, New General Catalogue (NGC) and Index Catalogue (IC).