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kəˈpɛl əcapel·la

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Capellanoun

    the brightest star in Auriga

  2. Gallinago, genus Gallinago, Capella, genus Capellanoun



  1. Capellanoun

    A bright double star in the constellation Auriga; Alpha (u03B1) Aurigae.

  2. Etymology: From capella, "she-goat" or "kid"


  1. Capella

    Capella is the brightest star in the northern constellation of Auriga. It has the Bayer designation α Aurigae, which is Latinised to Alpha Aurigae and abbreviated Alpha Aur or α Aur. Capella is the sixth-brightest star in the night sky, and the third-brightest in the northern celestial hemisphere after Arcturus and Vega. A prominent object in the northern winter sky, it is circumpolar to observers north of 44°N. Its name meaning "little goat" in Latin, Capella depicted the goat Amalthea that suckled Zeus in classical mythology. Capella is relatively close, at 42.9 light-years (13.2 pc) from the Sun. It is one of the brightest X-ray sources in the sky, thought to come primarily from the corona of Capella Aa. Although it appears to be a single star to the naked eye, Capella is actually a quadruple star system organized in two binary pairs, made up of the stars Capella Aa, Capella Ab, Capella H and Capella L. The primary pair, Capella Aa and Capella Ab, are two bright-yellow giant stars, both of which are around 2.5 times as massive as the Sun. The secondary pair, Capella H and Capella L, are around 10,000 astronomical units (AU) from the first and are two faint, small and relatively cool red dwarfs. Capella Aa and Capella Ab have exhausted their core hydrogen, and cooled and expanded, moving off the main sequence. They are in a very tight circular orbit about 0.74 AU apart, and orbit each other every 104 days. Capella Aa is the cooler and more luminous of the two with spectral class K0III; it is 78.7 ± 4.2 times the Sun's luminosity and 11.98 ± 0.57 times its radius. An aging red clump star, it is fusing helium to carbon and oxygen in its core. Capella Ab is slightly smaller and hotter and of spectral class G1III; it is 72.7 ± 3.6 times as luminous as the Sun and 8.83 ± 0.33 times its radius. It is in the Hertzsprung gap, corresponding to a brief subgiant evolutionary phase as it expands and cools to become a red giant. Several other stars in the same visual field have been catalogued as companions but are physically unrelated.


  1. capella

    Capella, also known as Alpha Aurigae, is a star system located in the constellation of Auriga. It is one of the brightest stars in the night sky and is known for its yellowish color. The term "capella" also refers to a style of music that is sung without instrumental accompaniment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Capellanoun

    a brilliant star in the constellation Auriga

  2. Etymology: [L., a little goat, dim. of caper a goat.]


  1. Capella

    Capella is the brightest star in the constellation Auriga, the sixth brightest star in the night sky and the third brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere, after Arcturus and Vega. Although it appears to be a single star to the naked eye, it is actually a star system of four stars in two binary pairs. The first pair consists of two bright, large type-G giant stars, both with a radius around 10 times the Sun's, in close orbit around each other. These two stars are thought to be cooling and expanding on their way to becoming red giants. The second pair, around 10,000 astronomical units from the first, consists of two faint, small and relatively cool red dwarfs. The Capella system is relatively close, at only 42.2 light-years from Earth.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Capella

    a reddish star of the first magnitude in the northern constellation of Auriga.

  2. Capella

    an encyclopædist, born in North Africa in the 5th century; author of a work called the "Satiricon," a strange medley of curious learning.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. capella

    The lucida of Auriga, and a nautical star.

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    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Capella is ranked #25793 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Capella surname appeared 955 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Capella.

    66.4% or 635 total occurrences were White.
    30.4% or 291 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.1% or 11 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1% or 10 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of capella in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of capella in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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