Camelopardalis (The Giraffe)
Camelopardalis (pronounced kəˌmɛloʊˈpɑːrdəlɪs) is the Latin name of a large constellation (in fact it extends itself for about 61 degrees across the sky) situated close to the northern celestial pole. As such, it is visible for most part of the year from the northern hemisphere.
In English language this constellation is also known as "The Giraffe" while in astronomical texts and literature this constellation is often abbreviated as "Cam" (according to the standard of the International Astronomical Union - IAU) or as "Caml" (according to a naming convention used by NASA).
The Latin genitive of the constellation name is "Camelopardalis" (pronounced kəˌmɛloʊˈpɑːrdəlɪs) and it is used to identify some of the brightest stars in this constellation based on the Bayer or Flamsteed star naming convention. For instance: α Camelopardalis (the brightest star of Camelopardalis based on the Bayer catalog); or 23 Camelopardalis (the 23th star in the constellation of Camelopardalis based on the Flamsteed catalog).
Sky chart of Camelopardalis from your location
Here we provide a simplified sky chart of the Camelopardalis constellation. Alternatively it is possible to locate Camelopardalis in the night sky using our Online Interactive Planetarium.
Visibility of Camelopardalis from your location
Camelopardalis is circumpolar and transits at 13:46 UTC (altitude: 74.4°)
The rise and set times provided here are just directional indications and they refer to a point approximately placed at the center of the constellation. In case of very large constellations (like Camelopardalis actually is) these times can have little relevance.
Top bright stars in Camelopardalis
The table below lists the top 20 brightest stars in the Camelopardalis constellation. See also the complete list of 156 stars brighter than magnitude 6.5 (approximate) in the constellation of Camelopardalis. Click on each star to see more details about it.
|HR Number(*)||Star designation||Proper name||Visual magnitude||Color||Notes|
|HR1467||3 Camelopardalis||5.05||⬤||Variable; Double;|
|HR1622||11 Camelopardalis||5.08||⬤||Variable; Multiple;|
|...go to the complete list of 156 bright stars in the constellation of Camelopardalis|
(*) HR stands for Harvard Revised Bright Star Catalogue, which is also known as the Yale Catalogue of Bright Stars.
Top deep sky objects in Camelopardalis
The table below lists the 20 brightest deep sky objects in the Camelopardalis constellation. See also the complete list of 81 deep sky objects in the constellation of Camelopardalis. The list includes objects from the Messier, New General Catalogue (NGC) and Index Catalogue (IC).