Auriga, known as the charioteer is an ancient constellation and was likely one of the first constellations named. The constellation is usually represented by a man holding the reins of a chariot in his left hand and a goat with its young in his right. It is believed to represent Hephaestus the lame god. It is said that he was the first man to harness four horses to a chariot inventing the quadriga. Zeus was impressed and as a reward placed him amongst the stars.

Notable Objects

It has the notable stars Capella and several open clusters M36, M37 and M38. The flaming star nebula IC405 and a diffuse nebula IC410.