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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
🌅 Sunrise: 6:41  ☀️ Transit: 13:03  🌅 Sunset: 19:26

3 Camelopardalis

3 Camelopardalis is a variable and double hypergiant star in the constellation of Camelopardalis.

3 Camelopardalis visual magnitude is 5.05. Because of its reltive faintness, 3 Camelopardalis should be visible only from locations with dark skyes, while it is not visible at all from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about 3 Camelopardalis:

3 Camelopardalis is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. Altitude: 22°.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 3 Camelopardalis

3 Camelopardalis is situated north of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of 3 Camelopardalis are provided in the following table:

04h 39m 54s
+53° 04’ 46”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 3 Camelopardalis in the sky:

Finder chart 3 Camelopardalis star
Simplified finder chart for 3 Camelopardalis.

Visibility of 3 Camelopardalis from your location

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

3 Camelopardalis is circumpolar and transits at 16:08 UTC (altitude: 88.4°)

Digitized Sky Survey image of 3 Camelopardalis

The image below is a photograph of 3 Camelopardalis from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS2 - see the credits section) taken in the red channel. The area of sky represented in the image is 0.5x0.5 degrees (30x30 arcmins). The proper motion of 3 Camelopardalis is -0.002 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.013 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 3 Camelopardalis star
DSS2 image of 3 Camelopardalis. The red arrow shows the motion of 3 Camelopardalis during the next 10000 years (-0.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and -2.17 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 3 Camelopardalis from the Sun and relative movement

3 Camelopardalis is distant 495.44 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 41 kilometers per second.

151.98 pc
495.44 ly
-41 km/s
-0.002 arcsec/year
-0.013 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 3 Camelopardalis

3 Camelopardalis belongs to spectral class K0 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a hypergiant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 3 Camelopardalis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 3 Camelopardalis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

3 Camelopardalis star system properties

3 Camelopardalis is a visual double star which can be observed only with the help of very large telescopes. The table below shows key information about the 3 Camelopardalis double sysyem:

3.8 arcsec

Alternative designations of 3 Camelopardalis

3 Camelopardalis