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Constellations: Capricornus -- A Goat adapted for Swimming


This is another constellation involving the monster Typhon. The Greek god Pan was having a drunken feast with some of his friends, when Typhon crashed the party. Everyone fled, transforming themselved into some kind of animal. Pan panicked. As he fled to the water he lacked the presence of mind to make a consistent transformation. He jumped into the river; the part submerged became a fish's tail; the part above became a goat. Zeus thought this so funny, he placed the shape into the sky.

Typhon, by the way, was eventually imprisoned under the active volcano Mt. Etna in Sicily, where even now, he remains a reluctant prisoner.


Each map can be clicked on to produce a 909x1199 version of it. They sport red labels, which look good on screen, but which disappear when used with red flashlights. Each map, therefore has a second link to a map better suited for printing in a graphics program, and using in the field. While they are quite large, they are all about 50k, and so are easy to view at today's modem speeds. The first map is a wide area view of the constellation, suitable for naked eye browsing. The next views are binocular width, showing stars to mag. 10, deepsky objects to mag. 12.9, and labeling deepsky objects to magnitude 12.

Interactive, wide area map of Capricornus

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Click the map for a 909x1199 version of the above. Click here for a map better suited for use in the field.

Narrower Angle View -- Eastern Region

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This a more detailed view of the constellation. The map displays stars to magnitude 10, and deepsky objects to magnitude 12. Click here for a map better suited for use in the field.

Narrower Angle View -- Western Region

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Click here for a map better suited for use in the field.


Image thumbnail 89k JPEG M30 (NGC7099, Bennett 128) is a fine globular cluster located 3.3° ESE of Zeta Capricorni. Dreyer describes it as bright (mag. 7.5), large (11'), with strong condensation, and slight elongation. Image is from the Digital Sky Survey.
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