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Capricornus

Capricornus (kăprĭkôrˈnəs) [Lat.,=the goat horn], inconspicuous southern constellation lying on the ecliptic (the sun's apparent path through the heavens) between Sagittarius and Aquarius; it is one of the constellations of the zodiac. 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 equinoxes, the winter solstice has moved westward into Sagittarius. Capricornus contains a globular star cluster that can be seen on a very clear night. The constellation reaches its highest point in the evening sky in late September.
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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.
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Capricornus

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

half goat, half fish. [Gk. Myth.: NCE, 450]
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