Capella

Capella

[kuh-pel-uh]
Capella, Martianus, fl. 5th cent.?, Latin writer, b. Carthage. His one famous work, The Marriage of Mercury and Philology, also called the Satyricon and Disciplinae, is a long allegory about the liberal arts. Its popularity in medieval schools was universal. The author is also known as Felix Capella and may have lived in the 4th cent.
Capella, brightest star in the constellation Auriga; Bayer designation α Aurigae; 1992 position R.A. 5h16.1m, Dec. +45°59'. Capella is a yellow giant star of spectral class G8 III and is also a spectroscopic binary star with a component of spectral class F. Its apparent magnitude of 0.06 makes it the 6th-brightest star in the sky. Capella is about 45 light-years from the earth. Its name is from the Latin for "little she-goat."

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