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bright northern star, the alpha of the constellation Auriga, by 17c., from Latin capella, literally "little she-goat" (Greek kinesai kheimonas), diminutive of capra "she-goat," fem. of caper "goat."
sixth brightest star in the night sky and the brightest in the constellation Auriga, with an apparent visual magnitude of 0.08. Capella is a spectroscopic binary comprising two G-type giant stars. It lies about 42 light-years from the Earth