Bootes, the Herdsman, rises, its kite-shaped figure stretching up and to the left of the bright orange star Arcturus, which is toward the lower right of the picture. Izar (Epsilon Bootis) is the bright star to the left of and slightly up from Arcturus, while Delta is up and to the left of Izar. Nekkar is at the far left end of the kite, above center-left, while Muphrid is the bright star just up and to the right of Arcturus. The stars of extreme northwest Bootes (including Kappa, Iota, Theta and Lambda) lie near the end of the tail of Ursa Major. A view shifted to the north shows nearly the whole constellation. Seginus is the bright star near the top toward the left-hand corner. Alphecca, in Corona Borealis, the Northern To the right of Izar is the variable W Boo. Rho and Sigma (Rho on top) are just up and to the left of center. 12 Boo is up and to the left of Arcturus. Tau is just up and to the right of Muphrid. Xi Boo is the second modestely bright star down and to the left of Arcturus, while Pi is the second star just down and over to the right of Xi. The western curve of Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown, appears at bottom left.

To see a labelled image, push the star:

See Bootes from Flamsteed's Atlas Coelestis Edition of 1781.

Bootes has a star with an orbiting PLANET.

Arcturus is part of the Great Diamond.

By Jim Kaler. Return to STARS.