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CAPRICORNUS (:` THE GOAT ")

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Originally appearing in Volume V05, Page 290 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CAPRICORNUS (:` THE GOAT "), in astronomy, the tenth sign of the zodiac (q.v.), represented by the symbol T2 ° intended to denote the crooked horns of this animal. The word is derived from Lat. caper, a goat, and cornu, a horn. It is also a constellation of the southern hemisphere, mentioned by Eudoxus (4th century B.C.) and Aratus (3rd century B.C.) ; Ptolemy and Tycho Brahe catalogued 28 stars, Hevelius gave 29. It was represented by the ancients as a creature having the forepart a goat, and the hindpart a fish, or sometimes simply as a goat. An interesting member of this constellation is a-Capricorn, a pair of stars of 3rd and 4th magnitudes, each of which has a companion of the 9th magnitude.
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