Corona Borealis


Corona Bo·​re·​al·​is -ˌbȯr-ē-ˈa-ləs How to pronounce Corona Borealis (audio)
: a northern constellation between Hercules and Boötes

Examples of Corona Borealis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since then the new long-period comet has brightened substantially and is now sweeping across the northern constellation Corona Borealis in predawn skies. Carlos R. Muñoz,, 10 Jan. 2023 Historians now believe Hipparchus wrote the page-long text, which plots the coordinates of the stars that make up the Corona Borealis constellation. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Oct. 2022 As this video progresses, the vantage point sweeps through 20 degrees towards the constellations Bootes and Corona Borealis. Ramin Skibba, Wired, 13 Jan. 2022 In them, there’s a Corona Borealis constellation. New York Times, 30 Sep. 2021 The Mi’kmaq First Nations used to call Ursa Major the Bear, and thought that the Corona Borealis looked like the Bear’s cave. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, 1 Nov. 2020

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Word History


borrowed from New Latin Corōna Boreālis (genitive Corōnae Boreālis), literally, "northern crown"

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Corona Borealis was in 1615

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“Corona Borealis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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