the Herdsman

Bootes is an ancient constellation with many stories attached to it. The word Bootes means "ox driver" and the constellation is said to be a farmer using the the plough (the Big Dipper) to plough his fields. In other stories Bootes is known as the bear-driver as he is following the two bears of Ursa Major and Ursa Minor around the sky. Bootes is easily found by following the arc of the handle of the Big Dipper to the bright star Arcturus (the third brightest star in the night sky).