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Capricornus

Zodiac constellation in the southern hemisphere / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Capricornus /ˌkæprɪˈkɔːrnəs/ is one of the constellations of the zodiac. Its name is Latin for "horned goat" or "goat horn" or "having horns like a goat's", and it is commonly represented in the form of a sea goat: a mythical creature that is half goat, half fish.

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Capricornus
Constellation
AbbreviationCap
GenitiveCapricorni
Pronunciation/ˌkæprɪˈkɔːrnəs/, genitive /ˌkæprɪˈkɔːrn/
Symbolismthe Sea-Goat
Right ascension20h 06m 46.4871s to 21h 59m 04.8693s[1]
Declination−8.4043999° to −27.6914144°[1]
Area414 sq. deg. (40th)
Main stars9, 13, 23
Bayer/Flamsteed
stars
49
Stars with planets5
Stars brighter than 3.00m1
Stars within 10.00 pc (32.62 ly)3
Brightest starδ Cap (Deneb Algedi) (2.85m)
Messier objects1
Meteor showersAlpha Capricornids
Chi Capricornids
Sigma Capricornids
Tau Capricornids
Capricornids-Sagittariids
Bordering
constellations
Aquarius
Aquila
Sagittarius
Microscopium
Piscis Austrinus
Visible at latitudes between +60° and −90°.
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of September.
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Capricornus is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd century astronomer Claudius Ptolemy. Its old astronomical symbol is (♑︎). Under its modern boundaries it is bordered by Aquila, Sagittarius, Microscopium, Piscis Austrinus, and Aquarius. The constellation is located in an area of sky called the Sea or the Water, consisting of many water-related constellations such as Aquarius, Pisces and Eridanus. It is the smallest constellation in the zodiac.