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Just follow the arc of the Big Dipper’s handle to locate Arcturus, the brightest star in Bootes. It’s then easy to pick out the kite-shaped outline of the Bear Watcher. Look east at about 9 p.m. during mid-April.

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There are 88 constellations in our sky, and only one of them begins with the letter B: Bootes the Herdsman, and it could be the most ancient of our constellations.

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