Capricorn (astronomy)

Capricorn (astronomy)

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Capricorn It is one of the 12 constellations of the Zodiac, the tenth, located in the ecliptic, apparent annual trajectory of the Sun through the sky, in which the Sun reached, two thousand years ago, its maximum height to the south of Ecuador (around - 23 degrees and 27 minutes) on the day of the Winter Solstice (December 22).

Capricorn (from Latin capricornus, 'goat horn'), is a constellation located very south of the celestial equator, between the constellations of Sagittarius and Aquarius. Its name comes from the Greek legends related to the god Pan, frequently represented in the form of a goat.

Its brightest stars are of magnitude 3; The brightest star, Alpha Capricorni, also known as Algedi, is a large ensemble where two stars can be distinguished with the naked eye.

In the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere, in June, this constellation can be seen near the southern horizon.

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