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Boötes (the herdsman) is one of the 88 modern constellations and was also one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy. It contains the bright star Arcturus.

The constellation is located between 0° and +60° declination, 13 and 16 hours of right ascension on the celestial sphere.

The exact person who Boötes is supposed to represent is not clear. According to one version, he was a man (name would be helpful) who was robbed by his brother of everything he had. He then wandered all over the earth. At one point, he invented the plough, which is seen in the constellation, as are the two oxen which pulled it. It was also said to be Icarius, who was killed by some shepherds after they believed he poisoned them (it was really wine; they had never been intoxicated before).



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