Capricorn constellation, 1482

Capricorn constellation, 1482

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Caption: Capricorn constellation, 15th century artwork. Engraving of Capricorn (the Sea-goat), with Latin text. This is one of the twelve constellations of the zodiac. The black asterisks show the position of the stars that make up this constellation. This artwork is from the 1482 edition of Hyginus's Poeticon Astronomicon (Poetic Astronomy). This 1st-century BC star atlas was republished several times in the medieval period with woodcut engravings of the stars and constellations.

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