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BSL Astronomy Glossary - auriga - definition

Definition: A constellation is a group of stars and Auriga is a constellation that looks a little bit like a charioteer. It can be found in the night sky by locating the constellation of Orion and looking above it to find the bright star Capella, which represents the charioteer’s left elbow. When the lines are added in the video, Auriga appears like an irregular hexagon. Although the artist's impression shown in the video is not that of a charioteer, the word Auriga originally meant charioteer, hence the BSL sign.