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Camelopardalis, The Giraffe Constellation

Camelopardalis Constellation Star Map

Camelopardalis (Pronounciation:Camel-o-pard-alis, Abbrev:Cam, Latin:Camelopardalis) is a constellation, one of 88 constellations that the night sky is divided into. The sky is not divided up equally between the constellations. Camelopardalis takes up 756.828 sq. degrees of the night sky which equates to 1.83% of the night sky. Camelopardalis is the 18th largest in terms of size in the night sky.

The constellation name means The Giraffe . It was not one of the original constellations that had been devised by Ptolemy, instead it was created by Jakob Bartsch years later.

There are 6 stars that make up the main constellation. The hipparcos satellite scanned and detailed 2095 stars. There are 75 stars that can be seen with the naked eye in the constellation on a very clear night sky.

Camelopardalis is not a member of the Zodiac group of twelve constellations that appear when the Sun sets. Camelopardalis is a northern hemispheric constellation which means it can't be seen easily or at all from the southern hemisphere.

There are 8 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site. There is a dedicated page for exoplanets in Camelopardalis.

There are no deep space objects that were identified by Charles Messier in this constellation. There are 1 non-Messier deep space objects that are covered on this site and the list is below.

The image at the top right of this page was generated using Night Vision, a free to use and download application by Brian Simspon.

Distance to Camelopardalis

You can't just go to one location and arrive at the constellation because the constellation is made up of stars at different locations and different distances. The nearest main star in the constellation is at a distance of 174.98 light years and the furthest main star is a distance of 6,272.37 light years. The average distance to the main stars is 1,372.32 light years.

Camelopardalis Star Facts

The caveat of these stars are that they are catalogued on this site. If you know of a star that is nearer or further then do let me know in the comments and I'll add it to the site. The stars mentioned are from the Hipparcos catalogue or have been added because of their special status.

HIP 57544, Camelopardalis's Nearest Star

The nearest star to Earth is HIP 57544 which is roughly about 17.45 Light Years from the Earth. The nearest star to the Earth with an exoplanet is HD 33564 which is about 68.12 Light Years.

HIP 21201, Camelopardalis's Furthest Star

The furthest star that is located in the constellation is HIP 21201 and it is 326163.3 light years away from the Sun. The furthest figure is derived from either the 1997 or 2007 Hipparcos star catalogue parallax figure and it has been known to produce distances that are wrong.

Beta Camelopardalis, Brightest Star in Camelopardalis

The brightest star in Camelopardalis is Beta Camelopardalis and is located about 12.20 light years from the Sun. The star has a apparent magnitude of 4.03 but an absolute magnitude of -3.11 when the star is viewed from a distance of 10 Parsecs or 32.6 Light Years. The star is only recognised as being Beta Camelopardalis rather than having Alpha status.

HIP 23766, Camelopardalis's Dimmest Visible Star

The dimmest star that can be seen in Camelopardalis with the naked eye is HIP 23766. The dim star has an apparent magnitude of 6. The dimmest star that a person is able to see with their naked eye is 6.0 magnitude based on the table in the reference. Ref: University of Michigan.

How to Find and View Camelopardalis in the Night Sky

Northern Hemisphere

Camelopardalis is clearly visible for the whole of the year in the northern hemisphere albeit depending on how far north/south. Unlike some constellation that move across the sky, this constellation just spins on a central axis.

Southern Hemisphere

Sadly, the Camelopardalis is not visible from a large part of the southern hemisphere. You would not be able to see it from Sydney. It can just be viewable from Darwin and anywhere north of that location. Its visible from November to February if you are lucky enough to be in a position to see it.

Camelopardalis Mythology

This constellation was created by Petrus Plancius to fill a void in the skies. Therefore there is no ancient mythological legend behind this constellation. It has been mistaken for meaning Camel on the grounds that the name starts with Camel. It was included in a star atlas by Jakob Bartsch who described it as being the animal that Rebecca rode to see Isaac in the Bible. SeaSky

Meteor Showers Radiating from Camelopardalis

There are 7 Meteor Showers that occur during the year within this constellation based on information gathered from Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland). The list below are major ones and which I have a date period for.

NameActivityPeak ActivityClosest Star
CamelopardalidsMay 23 - May 24May 24  

List of Main Stars in Camelopardalis

The following list contains the stars that make up the constellation. For a larger list of stars in the entire constellation area, please visit the For a list of named stars, that is stars that don't start HD or HIP, please visit Camelopardalis Star List page.

NameBayerDistance (Lt.Yr.)Right AscensionDeclinationSpectral TypeColour
Alpha CamelopardalisAlpha Camelopardalis6272.3704h 54m 03.01+66d 20` 33.6O9.5Ia SB:Blue
Beta CamelopardalisBeta Camelopardalis872.0905h 03m 25.10+60d 26` 32.2G0IbYellow
Gamma CamelopardalisGamma Camelopardalis358.8203h 50m 21.48+71d 19` 56.5A2IVnWhite
M Camelopardalis183.7507h 00m 03.85+76d 58` 38.8K4IIIOrange
HD 42818174.9806h 18m 50.78+69d 19` 12.1A0VnWhite
7 Camelopardalis371.9104h 57m 17.22+53d 45` 07.5A1VWhite

Camelopardalis Facts

Is a Zodiac Sign No
Brightest StarBeta Camelopardalis
Area756.828 sq. deg.
Percentage of Night Sky1.83%
Size Position18th
Hemisphere Northern
Site Exoplanet Count8
Meteor Shower Count7
Nearest StarHIP 57544
Nearest Star with Exoplanet(s)HD 33564
Brightest StarBeta Camelopardalis
Dimmest StarHIP 23766
Furthest StarHIP 21201
Bright Star Count75
Hipparcos Star Count2095
Main Star Count6
Messier Deep Space Object Count0
Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding ConstellationsUrsa Minor
Ursa Major

*Note: The number of Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count relates to how many are covered on this site not how many there are.

List of Deep Space Objects (Galaxies, Nebulas, Supernovas, etc) in Camelopardalis

NameTypeDistanceDeclinationRight Ascension
Caldwell 7Intermediate Spiral Galaxy8,000,00065:36:097h 36h 51m 4
IC 342Starburst Galaxy+68 05 45.9803 46 48m 514
NGC 1501Planetary Nebula+60 55 14.27744411704 06 59m 3919688584
NGC 1569Dwarf Irregular Galaxy10.9664:50.534h 30m 49
NGC 2366Irregular Galaxy+69 12 31.107 28 51m 85
NGC 2655Lenticular Galaxy80,000,00078 13 23.438 55 40m 08

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