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The "Akkadian" line info should be deleted entirely; it has nothing to do with Capella and is seriously out of date. What the writer has transliterated as Dilgan iku should be read: Sumerian aš.iku "1 iku (measure)" lent into Akkadian as ikû. An iku is the basic Sumerian measure of square area, ca. 3528 sq. meters. The celestial iku refers to the big square figure within the constellation Pegasus, i.e. α, β, γ Pegasi plus α Andromedae. Dubsarmah 16:06, 26 October 2007 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Michaelbusch (talkcontribs)

Australian Aborigines can See Capella?[edit]

The claim that Capella is part of an aboriginal constellation is puzzling. If Capella is very close to the Pole Star, how is it visible in the southern hemisphere? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:06, 15 September 2008 (UTC)

It is - I live in southeastern Australia and Capella is quite high enough to be visible here. Casliber (talk · contribs) 00:32, 17 February 2009 (UTC)

Unreferenced material[edit]

Unreferenced material re Persian names moved from article: "In Persian literature, Capella (Bozbān, Ayyuq) is a metaphor for a huge distance and also the light red colour...Other names used by other cultures include: ... in Persian, بزبان, Bozbān (English: goat-keeper) and نگهبان, Negahbān (English: guard)..." Spacepotato (talk) 19:44, 10 January 2009 (UTC)


Is anyone working on the issues brought up in the GAN review? It's been a week, and nothing has been done. Unless something happens in the next day or two, I will fail the article. Ealdgyth - Talk 18:48, 5 March 2009 (UTC)

You have a 30" monitor? I am jealous.....but seriously. I know a little bit and can help but it needs some of the experts to chip in too. Casliber (talk · contribs) 22:25, 5 March 2009 (UTC)
Photographer. More monitor means less eyestrain when developing pictures. I'd hate to fail the nomination, but I certainly can't address some of the above issues. Ealdgyth - Talk 22:29, 5 March 2009 (UTC)

Sirius omission[edit]

Capella (α Aurigae, α Aur, Alpha Aurigae, Alpha Aur) is the brightest star in the constellation Auriga, the eleventh brightest star in the night sky and the third brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere, after Arcturus and Vega

Why is Sirius not in the above list? Jprw (talk) 21:46, 19 October 2012 (UTC)

Because it is actually located in the southern celestial hemisphere, about 16 degrees south of the sky equator - which still makes it visible for much of the year as far north as the UK and central Europe. - Incidentally, the article here indicates that Capella and (just before it) Aldebaran were the brightest stars in all of the sky around 200.000 years ago, but the outlook on the future of the two Capella stars also hints that they will become even brighter over the next couple million years, as they both swell into red giants. So in perhaps six or ten million years time, Capella may once again have become the brightest star in the earth's sky (Canopus, another main contender, will apparently have receded in apparent magnitude within a million years or two - see the WP article on that star, which probably also borrows from Schaaf). (talk) 02:04, 9 May 2013 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

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The result of the move request was: moved per request. Favonian (talk) 17:10, 9 March 2014 (UTC)

– Looking at the subjects listed at Capella, it strikes me that the star is far more notable than any of them, and hence I propose the star is moved to Capella and the list is moved to Capella (disambiguation). I note that the original article from 2002 to 2004 was mainly about the star, until December 2004 when it was part disambiguationand then split here to make the star article. Anyway, discuss away Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 08:30, 2 March 2014 (UTC)

  • Sounds fair enough to me, what else is on the list would have a lot less searchers. Our star article gets over 100 views per day cf 1-5 for Capella, Aragon. Graeme Bartlett (talk) 09:23, 2 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Support - mainly from the notability perspective mentioned above. I don't see any reasons why this wouldn't be the proper course of action. Primefac (talk) 13:46, 2 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Support; seems sensible. StringTheory11 (t • c) 18:09, 2 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Comment - It's worth noting however that people writing about classical music frequently confuse Italian cappella, Portuguese capela, with Spanish capilla : producing the misspelling "capella" and so on. It would be helpful if what is a mispelling was a dab. In ictu oculi (talk) 19:50, 2 March 2014 (UTC)
Well, the page would have an other uses link at the top to the disambiguation page, so there'd be a way to quickly link through. Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 20:19, 2 March 2014 (UTC)
I must have had my brain in a sack when I wrote above. Capella is correct for Latin so most of the "misspellings" aren't misspelling they're using Latin not Italian. In ictu oculi (talk) 08:08, 3 March 2014 (UTC)
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Spectral type[edit]

The opening paragraph states: "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 that of the Sun and two and a half times its mass, in close orbit around each other. Designated Capella Aa and Capella Ab, these two stars have both exhausted their core hydrogen fuel and become giant stars, though it is unclear exactly what stage they are on the stellar evolutionary pathway."

But under "Characteristics" it says: Aa Spectral type K0III[4] Ab Spectral type G1III[4]

So Is Capella Aa a type G or a type K star? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:42, 26 November 2015 (UTC)

Most sources have it as two G-type stars, but one is nearly into K spectrum. I was buffing this article a while ago and plan to return to it to tidy up a bunch of things like best consensus on spectral type etc. Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 23:30, 26 November 2015 (UTC)

Orphaned references[edit]

The interesting info that Capella used to be the brightest star in the sky around 160k-210k years ago is sourced to "Schaaf 2008" but there's no proper reference to just what article this is. Some reference note that used to be placed before the current notes 21-22 has been removed by accident, and those two references have become orphaned. (talk) 13:53, 7 March 2016 (UTC)

Assessment comment[edit]

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The article says Alpha Centauri is the nearest bright star. Surely it should be Aldebaran?

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