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Boötes (The Herdsman)

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Boötes (The Herdsman)

Many different stories exist about the identity of Boötes. One story is that he was Icarius, a Greek shepherd who was taught by the god Dionysus how to make wine. Icarius wanted to share this wonderful discovery, so he gave the other shepherds some wine to taste. He warned them to mix the wine with water, but the shepherds didn't listen and were very sick the next day. Thinking they had been poisoned, they killed Icarius. When Dionysus heard what had happened, he raised Icarius to the sky to become the constellation Boötes.

The brightest star in Boötes is called Arcturus. You can find this star by following the arc of the tail of Ursa Major. A helpful saying to remember is "Arc to Arcturus."

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