History of the Constellations

Stars and Constellations

Capricornus

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Contents of this page: | Description | Skylore | Modern Culture | Origin and History | Star Clusters | Submit new info... |

Images (at bottom of page): | Capricornus Chart: (Figure 1) | Ptolemy, 1541-const, page Capricornus: (Figure 2) | Bayer, 1661, page 0fp: (Figure 3) | Bayer, 1661, page zGg: (Figure 4) | Bayer, 1697, page K3r: (Figure 5) | Bayer, 1697, page K3v: (Figure 6) | Bayer, 1697, page K4r: (Figure 7) | Bayer, 1697, page K4v: (Figure 8) | Bode, 1801, page r: (Figure 9) | Aspin, 1825, page Capricorn: (Figure 10) | Images digitized by Hannah Magruder.

Constellation Data

Description

Between Sagittarius and Aquarius. Dim stars; look for laughing mouth.

Skylore and Literature

Pan only partly succeeded in turning himself from a goat into a fish. Ancient autumnal equinox location.

Modern Culture

Origin and History

Capricornus is included in the ancient star catalogs of Eudoxos of Knidos, Aratos of Soli, and Ptolemy.

Star Clusters

M30 (Globular cluster), mag. 7.7.

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Many excellent websites provide a variety of information about constellations for amateur astronomers and telescope users (see sidebar links for a few of these). These constellation pages are not intended to duplicate those efforts, but are devoted to two aims: First, they are intended to assist the beginning skywatcher, including students in history of science survey courses, in becoming familiar with Basic Celestial Phenomena (BCP). Second, these pages are devoted to the history of the constellations and the history of astronomy. They are intended to serve as a repository for collaborative use and reference. Do you have additional historical information about the stars or constellation described on this page? Please submit additional information to kmagruder@ou.edu. Submissions will be attributed. Editors for historical information are Kerry Magruder, JoAnn Palmeri, Peter Barker, and Laura Gibbs.

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"If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown. But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile." R. W. Emerson, Nature

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Ptolemy, 1541-const

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