Dad-stronomy 101: Capella


Location: Auriga Constellation

Classification: Variable Binary Star

Distance: ~42 light-years

Alternate Names: Alpha Aurigae, Goat Star

Apparent Magnitude: 0.08

Meaning of Name: Latin for “small female goat”

Fun Facts:

  • the brightest object in the constellation Auriga and sixth-brightest in the night sky
  • Capella appears as a yellow or golden star
  • Capella A and Capella B emit 80 and 50 times more overall light than the sun, respectively
  • both are towards the end of their normal lifetimes
  • “Friday’s Child,” a 1967 episode of Star Trek: The Original Series is set on the fictional planet Capella IV

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