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public LocationGreenwich, UK
Sunrise: 5:01 
Transit: 13:04 
Sunset: 21:06
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Capricornus (The Sea Goat) Constellation

Below the horizon.  Rise: 22:01 | Tran: 2:26 | Set: 6:47
Alt: -30.32°   Az: 278.84°   Direction: West

Capricornus (pronounced ˌkæprɪˈkɔːrnəs) is the Latin name of a large constellation (in fact it extends itself for about 31 degrees across the sky) situated close to the celestial equator. As such, it is at least partly visible from both hemispheres in certain times of the year.

In English language this constellation is also known as "The Sea goat" while in astronomical texts and literature this constellation is often abbreviated as "Cap" (according to the standard of the International Astronomical Union - IAU) or as "Capr" (according to a naming convention used by NASA).

The Latin genitive of the constellation name is "Capricorni" (pronounced ˌkæprɪˈkɔːrnaɪ) and it is used to identify some of the brightest stars in this constellation based on the Bayer or Flamsteed star naming convention. For instance: α Capricorni (the brightest star of Capricornus based on the Bayer catalog); or 23 Capricorni (the 23th star in the constellation of Capricornus based on the Flamsteed catalog).

Capricornus is below the horizon from Greenwich, UK.
Available Resources for Capricornus

Sky Chart of Capricornus Constellation

Here we provide a simplified sky chart of the Capricornus constellation. Alternatively it is possible to locate Capricornus in the night sky using our Online Interactive Planetarium.

Chart of  constellation
This constellation image is derivatve work based on original work by IAU and Sky & Telescope magazine (Roger Sinnott & Rick Fienberg) CC-BY-3.0.

Visibility of Capricornus Constellation

Location: Greenwich, UK
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Capricornus rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, UK are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 108.2°
Max altitude: 20.3°
Azimuth: 251.8°
Capricornus is below the horizon from Greenwich, UK

The rise and set times provided here are just directional indications and they refer to a point approximately placed at the center of the constellation. In case of very large constellations (like Capricornus actually is) these times can have little relevance.

Bright Stars in Capricornus Constellation

The table below lists the top 20 brightest stars in the Capricornus constellation. See also the complete list of 86 stars brighter than magnitude 6.5 (approximate) in the constellation of Capricornus. Click on each star to see more details about it.

HR Number(*) Star designation Proper name Visual magnitude Color Notes
HR8322 δ Capricorni Deneb Algedi 2.87 Variable; Multiple;
HR7776 β Capricorni Dabih 3.08 Multiple;
HR7754 α2 Capricorni Algedi 3.57 Multiple;
HR8278 γ Capricorni Nashira 3.68
HR8204 ζ Capricorni 3.74 Double;
HR8075 θ Capricorni 4.07
HR7980 ω Capricorni 4.11 Variable;
HR7936 ψ Capricorni 4.14
HR7747 α1 Capricorni 4.24 Multiple;
HR8167 ι Capricorni 4.28
HR8080 24 Capricorni 4.5 Double;
HR8213 36 Capricorni 4.51
HR8260 ε Capricorni 4.68 Variable; Multiple;
HR8288 κ Capricorni 4.73
HR7773 ν Capricorni Alshat 4.76 Double;
HR7822 ρ Capricorni 4.78 Multiple;
HR8060 η Capricorni 4.84 Double;
HR8351 μ Capricorni 5.08
HR8311 46 Capricorni 5.09
HR7900 υ Capricorni 5.1
...go to the complete list of 86 bright stars in the constellation of Capricornus

(*) HR stands for Harvard Revised Bright Star Catalogue, which is also known as the Yale Catalogue of Bright Stars.

Deep Sky Objects in Capricornus Constellation

The table below lists the 20 brightest deep sky objects in the Capricornus constellation. See also the complete list of 58 deep sky objects in the constellation of Capricornus. The list includes objects from the Messier, New General Catalogue (NGC) and Index Catalogue (IC).

Name Type Magnitude
Messier 30 Globular Cluster 7.1 (V)
NGC 6907 Galaxy 11.3 (V)
NGC 6908 Galaxy 12.31 (B)
IC 5078 Galaxy 12.8 (B)
NGC 6903 Galaxy 12.91 (B)
NGC 6924 Galaxy 13.47 (B)
IC 1313 Galaxy 13.5 (B)
IC 4999 Galaxy 13.51 (B)
IC 5005 Galaxy 13.58 (B)
IC 1386 Galaxy 13.78 (B)
NGC 6993 Galaxy 13.82 (B)
NGC 6936 Galaxy 13.83 (B)
NGC 6898 Galaxy 14 (B)
NGC 6931 Galaxy 14 (B)
NGC 7131 Galaxy 14 (B)
IC 1404 Galaxy 14.15 (B)
IC 1339 Galaxy 14.17 (B)
IC 1324 Galaxy 14.29 (B)
NGC 6912 Galaxy 14.34 (B)
IC 5088 Galaxy 14.38 (B)
...go to the complete list of 58 deep sky objects in the constellation of Capricornus