Capricornus, the Water Goat, appears as something of an upside-down old fashioned hat. Algedi is the bright star toward the upper right hand corner. Its elongated shape is the result of its being a naked-eye double star (the duplicity only an illusion as the two stars are just accidently lined up). Dabih is just down and to the left of it. Toward the upper left is the Water Goat's tail, Deneb Algedi. Nashira is just down and to the right of it. Epsilon is the lower of the first pair of stars down and to the right of Nashira, while Zeta is the lower of the second pair. Omega is the lowest of the bright trio downn and to the right of Zeta. The one to the upper right of it is Psi. Theta Cap lies just up from the center. Nu is just to the left of Algedi. Down and to the left of Beta is a small triangle made of Pi (lower right), Rho (upper left), and Omicron to the right),

Far western Aquarius lies above Capricornus, Microscopium below it, Piscis Austriunus to the lower right of it. A view shifted to the west shows more of Aquarius. Locate the brighter star to the left of Zeta. The globular cluster M 30 is the faint smudge just to the right of it.

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For more on Capricornus, see Watering the Goat at Stellar Stories.

By Jim Kaler. Return to STARS.