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Camelopardalis, The Giraffe Constellation

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. The constellation gets its name as it 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.

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.

The brightest star in Camelopardalis is Beta Camelopardalis. There are 8 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site. There is a dedicated page for exoplanets in Camelopardalis. For a list of named stars, that is stars that don't start HD or HIP, please visit Camelopardalis Star List Page.

Camelopardalis Star and Deep Space Object Count

The number of stars that have been catalogued as part of the Hipparcos Star Catalogue from Camelopardalis is 2095. The number of stars that are of magnitude 6.0 or lower in the constellation is 75. The number of stars in the constellation that make up the outline is 8.

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.

Stars of Interest

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. The furthest star that can be located in the constellation is HIP 21201 which is located about 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.

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

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.

This constellation along with Monoceros was created by Jakob Bartsch.

Meteor Showers

There are 7 Meteor Showers that occur during the year within this constellation based on information gathered from Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland). The ones listed as the ones I've been able to find a date range for. For others if you have the time, you can visit the AMU site, obtains the SL value then use IMO tables to calculate the date. A lot of the Meteor Showers are weak and you need to do a lot of stargazing to spot them.

NameActivityPeak ActivityClosest Star
Beta Centaurids2-Feb - 25 FebFeb 8/9Hadar

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
Dimmest StarHIP 23766
Furthest StarHIP 21201
Bright Star Count75
Hipparcos Star Count2095
Main Star Count8
Messier Deep Space Object Count0
*Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count1
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.

Camelopardalis Constellation Map

Camelopardalis Constellation Star Map

The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.

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

NameTypeDistanceDeclinationRight Ascension
NGC 1569Dwarf Irregular Galaxy10.9664:50.534h 30m 49

Meteor Showers

Beta Centaurids Meteor Shower

Max Activity Date08 Feb
Activity Period2-Feb - 25 Feb

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MikeWednesday, 24th August 2016 6:19:38 PM
"There have been no Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) to have been discovered within this constellation." This statement is incorrect.