This orangish star dominates the spring sky in the kite-shaped constellation Boötes the Herdsman.http://www.astronomy.com/asy/default.aspx?c=a...
Some prefer to see Bootes as a one-scoop ice cream cone. Just to one side lies Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown. With bright Gemma ("Jemma") in its center, like a second scoop of ice cream that melted in the heat of summer and fell off the top.http://hsci.cas.ou.edu/exhibits/exhibit.php?e...
Main Entry: herds·man
2 capitalized : Boöteshttp://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herdsmanherds•man
Pronunciation: (hûrdz'mun), [key]
2. (cap.) Astron. the constellation Boötes.Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.http://dictionary.infoplease.com/herdsman
Bootes, The Herdsman
The constellation Bootes can be easily found by sweeping down from the tail of the Big Dipper. It looks like a giant kite with the bright red star of Arcturus at the narrow end. Bootes is one of the earliest constellations. It is mentioned in Homer's Odyssey and ha a history of over 3,000 years.
Bootes is also known as the "Bear Driver" because it leads the Great Bear as it revolves around the North Star. http://www.sky-watch.com/astronomy-guide/the-...
Abbreviation | Latin name | Genitive | English name
Boo | Boötes | Boötis | HerdsmanKarttunen, H., et al., Fundamental Astronomy (Berlin: Springer), 4th ed. 2003