The sea goat, which represents the zodiac sign Capricorn, came into existence when the god Pan from Greek mythology ran away to escape an assault on the gods. Pan was having trouble deciding which animal he should become while the Gods changed themselves into a variety of different animals in order to flee.
When Pan dove into the Nile River, he underwent a metamorphosis. His upper half, which remained above the water and kept its goat-like appearance, transformed into a fish while his lower half, which was submerged, became a fish.
Capricornus is a Latin word that literally translates to “horn of the goat,” despite the fact that it is more commonly known as the seagoat.
The Tropic Of Capricorn
Right Ascension: 21 hours
Declination: -20 degrees
Visible between latitudes 60 and -90 degrees
Best seen in September (at 9:00 PM)
Prima Giedi is one of the Named Stars (Alpha 1 Cap) Secunda Giedi (Alpha 2 Cap) Dabih (Beta Cap) Nashira (Gamma Cap) Deneb Algedi (Delta Cap) Alshat (Nu Cap)
One of the faintest of the constellations, Capricorn is home to just one globular cluster known as M30.
It is possible to see with relatively modest telescopes that both Alpha1 and Alpha2 are in fact double stars in their own right.
Additionally, smaller telescopes and binoculars can be utilised to view Beta Cap.
The winter solstice was traditionally located within the constellation Capricorn. This was, in fact, the summer solstice in the southern hemisphere, which is where the sign of Capricorn may be found. The Tropic of Cancer might be thought of as its polar opposite in the north.
Because of precession, the winter solstice takes place while the sun is really in the
the astrological sign known as Sagittarius.
The constellations Microscopium and Piscis Austrinus may be found to the south of Capricornus, while Aquarius can be seen to the east and north of Capricornus, and the Aquila constellation can be found on the northwest boundary of Capricornus.
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