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Auriga, the Charioteer, is high overhead on winter and spring evenings for observers in the Northern Hemisphere. Five bright stars form a rough pentagon or oval shape. A sixth star becomes the pointed helmet of the Charioteer, but seeing a helmeted man's head in profile takes a lot of imagination. Auriga's brightest star is first-magnitude Capella. The Milky Way passes through Auriga, so it is rich in star clusters, including three bright Messier objects--M36, M37, and M38. In the center of constellation is a naked-eye asterism (Harrington 4), which forms a staircase shape when viewed with binoculars. Also visible in this image is the open cluster M35 in nearby Gemini.

Image details:  18 images, each 60 seconds at ISO 1600, taken with a Canon 400D camera at a focal length of 35 mm.

March 2009