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β Camelopardalis (beta Camelopardalis)

Altitude: 38.8°   Azimuth: 321.5°   Direction: North-West

β Camelopardalis is a multiple supergiant star in the constellation of Camelopardalis.

β Camelopardalis visual magnitude is 4.03. Because of its moderate brightness, β 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 β Camelopardalis:


β Camelopardalis (beta Camelopardalis) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 38.8°
Azimuth: 321.5°
Direction: North-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of β Camelopardalis

β 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 β Camelopardalis are provided in the following table:

05h 03m 25s
+60° 26’ 31”

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

Finder chart β Camelopardalis (beta Camelopardalis) star
Simplified finder chart for β Camelopardalis (beta Camelopardalis).

Visibility of β Camelopardalis from your location

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

β Camelopardalis (beta Camelopardalis) is circumpolar and transits at 00:01 UTC (altitude: 81.0°)

Digitized Sky Survey image of β Camelopardalis

The image below is a photograph of β 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 β Camelopardalis is -0.006 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.016 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of β Camelopardalis (beta Camelopardalis) star
DSS2 image of β Camelopardalis. The red arrow shows the motion of β Camelopardalis during the next 10000 years (-1.00 arcmin in Right Ascension and -2.67 arcmin in declination);

Distance of β Camelopardalis from the Sun and relative movement

β Camelopardalis is distant 996.94 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 2 kilometers per second.

305.81 pc
996.94 ly
-2 km/s
-0.006 arcsec/year
-0.016 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of β Camelopardalis

β Camelopardalis belongs to spectral class G1 and has a luminosity class of I corresponding to a supergiant star.


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

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

β Camelopardalis star system properties

β Camelopardalis is a visual double star which can be observed with binoculars or small telescopes. The table below shows key information about the β Camelopardalis double sysyem:

80.8 arcsec

Alternative designations of β Camelopardalis

β Camelopardalis
(beta Camelopardalis)
10 Camelopardalis