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Constellation family of the northern sky

Number of members10
Member constellationsBoötes, Camelopardalis, Canes Venatici, Coma Berenices, Corona Borealis, Draco, Leo Minor, Lynx, Ursa Major, Ursa Minor
Celestial QuadrantsPrimarily NQ2 and NQ3, with some member constellations extending into NQ1 and NQ4
Right AscensionCircumpolar
Declination+7° 22' to +90° (Northern Celestial Pole)
Total Area (sq deg)6,090
Brightest StarArcturus in Boötes
Optimum VisibilityApril, though some part of the Family is always visible from northern latitudes
NotesA family of ten northern constellations centred around Ursa Major, and running northwards through Draco to the Celestial Pole in Ursa Minor. Eastward of the Great Bear, the family includes Boötes with its brilliant star Arcturus, while to the westward it incorporates the large but relatively sparse constellations of Camelopardalis and Lynx.


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