Capricornus


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Capricornus

(kăprĭkôr`nəs) [Lat.,=the goat horn], inconspicuous southern constellationconstellation,
in common usage, group of stars that appear to form a configuration in the sky; properly speaking, a constellation is a definite region of the sky in which the configuration of stars is contained.
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 lying on the eclipticecliptic
, the great circle on the celestial sphere that lies in the plane of the earth's orbit (called the plane of the ecliptic). Because of the earth's yearly revolution around the sun, the sun appears to move in an annual journey through the heavens with the ecliptic as its
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 (the sun's apparent path through the heavens) between Sagittarius and Aquarius; it is one of the constellations of the zodiaczodiac
[Gr. zoion=animal], in astronomy, zone of the sky that includes about 8° on either side of the ecliptic. The apparent paths of the sun, the moon, and the major planets all fall within this zone.
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. Known as the Sea Goat, it has been depicted from earliest times either as a goat or as a figure with its forepart like that of a goat and its hind part like the tail of a fish. The tropic of Capricorn takes its name from this constellation, in which the winter solstice was located about 2,000 years ago. Now, because of the precession of the equinoxesprecession of the equinoxes,
westward motion of the equinoxes along the ecliptic. This motion was first noted by Hipparchus c.120 B.C. The precession is due to the gravitational attraction of the moon and sun on the equatorial bulge of the earth, which causes the earth's axis to
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, the winter solstice has moved westward into Sagittarius. Capricornus contains a globular star clusterstar cluster,
a group of stars near each other in space and resembling each other in certain characteristics that suggest a common origin for the group. Stars in the same cluster move at the same rate and in the same direction.
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 that can be seen on a very clear night. The constellation reaches its highest point in the evening sky in late September.

Capricornus

(kap-ră-kor -nŭs) (Sea Goat) A zodiac constellation in the southern hemisphere near Sagittarius, the brightest stars being of 3rd magnitude. Alpha (α) Capricorni is a naked-eye double star (magnitudes 3.6, 4.2); both components are multiple stars. The area contains the globular cluster M30 (NGC 7099). Abbrev.: Cap; genitive form: Capricorni; approx. position: RA 21h, dec –20°; area: 414 sq deg.

Capricornus

[¦kap·rə¦kȯr·nəs]
(astronomy)
A constellation with right ascension 21 hours, declination 20°S. Abbreviated Cap. Also known as Sea Goat.

capricornus

half goat, half fish. [Gk. Myth.: NCE, 450]
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Capricornus scores all but one of the sacred concertos of the Geistliche Harmonien III for three solo voices, two or three obbligato instruments (usually two violins plus trombone or bassoon), and basso continuo.
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Lying in a watery region of the sky along with Pisces (the Fishes), Cetus (the Whale) and Capricornus (the Sea Goat), Aquarius (the Water Carrier) is an ancient constellation.
Uranus and Neptune are both twilight objects and located quite low down on the southern horizon in the constellations of Aquarius and Capricornus respectively.
Deep-sky objects Designation Type and constellation Messier 2 globular cluster in Aquarius NGC 6934 globular cluster in Delphinus Messier 72 globular cluster in Aquarius Saturn Nebula planetary nebula in Aquarius Messier 15 globular cluster in Pegasus Designation Type and constellation Messier 30 globular cluster in Capricornus NGC 7243 open cluster in Lacerta Helix Nebula planetary nebula in Aquarius NGC 7331 galaxy in Pegasus
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