- Astronomy. a first-magnitude star in the constellation Auriga.
- the brightest star in the constellation Auriga; it is a yellow giant and a spectroscopic binary. Visual magnitude: 0.08; spectral type: G6III and G2III; distance: 42 light years
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.”
- A binary star in the constellation Auriga. It is one of the brightest stars in the night sky, with an apparent magnitude of 0.08. Scientifc name: Alpha Auriga.