English Name: The Little Dogs
Hemisphere: Northern / Southern Hemisphere (Underlined means the more area in square feet in Southern Hemisphere.)
Location: Between the constellations of Aquarius and Sagittarius.
Visible between latitudes: +85 and -75 degrees
Best season: Winter
Seen in three season: Autumn, Winter, and Spring
Best seen in: September
Seen between: August and October
Right Ascension (RA): 21 hour
Declination (DEC): -20 degrees
Area (square degrees): 414 (40th)
Capricornus (The Sea Goat)
- The small constellation of the Zodiac; the Sun passes through it from 19th January and 16th February.
- The second faintest in the Zodiac after the constellation of Cancer and it is the smallest constellation in the Zodiac too.
- M30 – Globular Cluster, it’s magnitude +7.5; easily spotted with binoculars.
Features of interest
- Algedi star; a wide double star. Ordinary binoculars or good eyesight, reveal two stars of magnitudes +3.6 and +4.3; both are yellowish in colour.
- Algedi, Prima Giedi (Alpha 1 Cap)
- Secunda Giedi (Alpha 2 Cap)
- Dabih (Beta Cap)
- Nashira (Gamma Cap)
- Deneb Algedi (Delta Cap)
- Alshat (Nu Cap)
- Photo of the constellation – Capricornus, as it appears to the naked-eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart – Capricornus
- List of stars in Capricornus.
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