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Bootes – The Herdsman

Bootes is one of the 88 constellations within the celestial sphere.

Bootes is one of the 17 constellations that represents a mythical character.  

Symbolism: Bootes is also known as ‘The Herdsman’


History & Mythology

Bootes has been known by many different cultures and represents many different things for these cultures throughout history. In Greek mythology, Bootes represents a bear guard. Bootes is a larger constellation, which only 12 constellations larger. Bootes is also quite easy to find in the northern sky, as its similar to the shape of a flying Kite. Bootes is home to the star Arcturus, which is very bright and one of the nearest stars to Earth.


Key Data

Bordering Constellations: Bootes is bordered by constellations Ursa Major, Canes Venatici, Coma Berenices, Virgo, Corona Borealis, HerculesSerpens & Draco.  

Sky Chart #: 5.

Star Raking: 13th largest constellation in the celestial sphere. 

Main Stars: Bootes consists of 15 main stars.

Brightest Star: Arcturus.


Kids Fun Facts Corner

# 1. Bootes has 10 stars with planets.

# 2. Arcturus in the brightest star in Bootes and the 4th brightest star in the night sky.

# 3. Bootes has 3 meteor showers. January Bootids, June Bootids & Quadrantids.


Q&A Corner

Q. What is Bootes also known as?

Q. How many main stars does Bootes have?

Q. What is the brightest star in Bootes?

Q. How many stars have planets in Bootes?

Q. Name Bootes meteor showers?

Download questions about the Bootes Constellation here: Bootes Constellation (answers are on this page)

Teachers. For more in depth work sheets on constellations. Click on Kidskonnect Worksheets  

For further reading and more information on the Bootes Constellation visit Constellation

  Key Vocabulary Constellation. Star. Celestial. Sphere.


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