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α Camelopardalis (alpha Camelopardalis)

Altitude: 72.2°   Azimuth: 334.1°   Direction: North-North-West

α Camelopardalis is a supergiant star in the constellation of Camelopardalis.

α Camelopardalis visual magnitude is 4.29. Because of its moderate brightness, α Camelopardalis should be easily visible from locations with dark skyes, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about α Camelopardalis:


α Camelopardalis (alpha Camelopardalis) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 72.2°
Azimuth: 334.1°
Direction: North-North-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of α Camelopardalis

α Camelopardalis is situated close to the northern celestial pole and, as such, it is visible for most part of the year from the northern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of α Camelopardalis are provided in the following table:

04h 54m 02s
+66° 20’ 34”

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

Finder chart α Camelopardalis (alpha Camelopardalis) star
Simplified finder chart for α Camelopardalis (alpha Camelopardalis).

Visibility of α Camelopardalis from your location

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

α Camelopardalis (alpha Camelopardalis) is circumpolar and transits at 00:11 UTC (altitude: 75.1°)

Digitized Sky Survey image of α Camelopardalis

The image below is a photograph of α 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 α Camelopardalis is 0 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.006 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 100000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of α Camelopardalis (alpha Camelopardalis) star
DSS2 image of α Camelopardalis. The red arrow shows the motion of α Camelopardalis during the next 100000 years (0.00 arcmin in Right Ascension and 10.00 arcmin in declination);

Distance of α Camelopardalis from the Sun and relative movement

α Camelopardalis is distant 6,936.17 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 6 kilometers per second.

2,127.66 pc
6,936.17 ly
6 km/s
0.006 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of α Camelopardalis

α Camelopardalis belongs to spectral class O9 and has a luminosity class of I corresponding to a supergiant star.


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

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

Alternative designations of α Camelopardalis

α Camelopardalis
(alpha Camelopardalis)
9 Camelopardalis