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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
SunriseRise: 6:55  
clear_day Transit: 12:11  
SunsetSet: 17:29
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Camelopardalis (The Giraffe) Constellation

Altitude: 29.1°   Azimuth: 6.8°   Direction: North

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).

Camelopardalis is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt. Altitude: 29°.
Available Resources for Camelopardalis

Sky Chart of Camelopardalis Constellation

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.

Chart of  constellation
This constellation image is derivatve work based on original work by IAU and Sky & Telescope magazine (Roger Sinnott & Rick Fienberg) CC-BY-3.0.

Visibility of Camelopardalis Constellation

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Camelopardalis is circumpolar and transits at 19:44 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.

Bright Stars in Camelopardalis Constellation

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
HR1603 β Camelopardalis 4.03 Multiple;
HR1035 4.21 Variable; Double;
HR1542 α Camelopardalis 4.29
HR1155 4.47 Variable;
HR1568 7 Camelopardalis 4.47 Multiple;
HR1040 4.54
HR2527 4.55
HR1148 γ Camelopardalis 4.63 Multiple;
HR1129 4.8 Double;
HR2209 4.8
HR985 4.84 Variable; Double;
HR2742 4.96 Variable;
HR1205 5 Double;
HR1204 5.03
HR1686 5.05 Multiple;
HR1467 3 Camelopardalis 5.05 Variable; Double;
HR1242 5.06
HR1622 11 Camelopardalis 5.08 Variable; Multiple;
HR1046 5.09 Variable; Multiple;
HR1105 5.1 Variable;
...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.

Deep Sky Objects in Camelopardalis Constellation

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).

Name Type Magnitude
NGC 1502 Open Cluster 6.9 (V)
NGC 2403 Galaxy 8.38 (V)
IC 342 Galaxy 10.5 (B)
NGC 2146 Galaxy 10.59 (V)
IC 3568 Planetary Nebula 10.6 (V)
NGC 1961 Galaxy 10.99 (V)
NGC 1569 Galaxy 11.03 (V)
NGC 2655 Galaxy 11.08 (V)
IC 334 Galaxy 11.33 (V)
NGC 2366 Galaxy 11.39 (V)
NGC 1501 Planetary Nebula 11.5 (V)
IC 361 Open Cluster 11.7 (V)
NGC 2748 Galaxy 11.7 (B)
IC 520 Galaxy 11.9 (B)
NGC 2715 Galaxy 11.9 (B)
IC 529 Galaxy 12 (B)
NGC 1560 Galaxy 12.1 (B)
NGC 2268 Galaxy 12.1 (B)
NGC 2551 Galaxy 12.11 (V)
NGC 2633 Galaxy 12.4 (B)
...go to the complete list of 81 deep sky objects in the constellation of Camelopardalis