The Charioteer

Abbreviation: Aur
Genitive: Aurigae

The constellation of Auriga

The figure of the charioteer is associated with several Greek mythological figures, including Erichtonius of Athens (inventor of the four-horse chariot), Myrtilus (a famous charioteer) and Theseus's son Hippolytus (who was killed in a chariot wreck).

Notable Features

Designation Name Description
α Aur Capella Capella is a first magnitude star.
β Aur Menkalinan
γ Aur Elnath This star has been assigned to the constellation Taurus and is designated β Tau.
ζ Aur Sadatoni This is an eclipsing binary system. The name of the star is not officially recognised by the IAU.
M36 An open star cluster, it is best viewed through binoculars or a small telescope.
M37 Optical aids are necessary to see this rich open cluster.
M38 Again, binoculars or a telescope is necessary to see this open cluster.
C31 Flaming Star Nebula This is an emission/reflection nebula surrounding the variable star AE Aur. A telescope is required to see it.