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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In last month's essay we met three of them: Capricornus, the SeaGoat; Aquarius, the Water Pourer; and Piscis Austrinus, the Southern Fish.
Capricornus's harmonic language "stands at the threshold of traditional tonal writing" (p.
What about the eastern end of Capricornus? Here we find, just a few degrees apart, Delta ([delta]) Capricorni (Deneb Algedi) and Gamma ([gamma]) Capricorni (Nashira).
ROCKAVON (of the Sunday Mail) Today's nap: TAMINO (3.05 Lingfield) KLONDYKE MARY HELEN (2.05 Lingfield) CAPRICORNUS (3.35 Lingfield) MAGGIE KATE (4.05 Lingfield) POT LUCK Lingfield placepot 1.35 - 7; 2.05 - 3; 2.35 -8; 3.05 - 6, 8; 3.35 - 1, 3; 4.05 - 3, 10.
Uranus and Neptune are both morning objects in the constellation of Aquarius and Capricornus respectively.
Campfire-colored Mars starts November in the vicinity of the two fairly bright stars at the eastern tip of Capricornus, Delta (S) and Gamma (7) Capricorni.
IN LAST MONTH'S essay we met two constellations of autumn: Capricornus the Sea-Goat and Aquarius the Water Carrier.
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Fanning completed his double when riding 1-5 shot Duellist to an easy six-length win in the maiden, but Fanning and Johnston met a reverse in the 7f handicap when 4-6 shot Capricornus could manage only fourth of five behind 10-1 shot Cuthbert, who scored for trainer William Jarvis and jockey Paul Hanagan.
Uranus and Neptune may be found close to the full moon around the 18th - 20th but whereas Uranus is still a morning object in Aquarius, Neptune is at opposition on the 8th (opposite side of the Earth from the sun) and so moves into the evening sky in the constellation of Capricornus. Both may be viewed through binoculars with Uranus appearing slightly greener than the more bluish Neptune.
Capricornus is certainly not a very bright constellation, nor one with a lot of notable deep-sky objects within its bounds.
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