Corona Borealis bôrēăl´əs [key] [Lat.,=the northern crown], northern constellation lying between Hercules and Boötes. Its name derives from the crown Bacchus gave Ariadne when she was deserted by Theseus. The constellation is a small arc of bright stars, of which the brightest is Alphecca (Alpha Coronae Borealis). Corona Borealis reaches its highest point in the evening sky in early July.
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