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Abbreviation:  Cam
English Name:  The Giraffe
Genitive: Camelopardalis
Hemisphere:  Northern Hemisphere
Location: Between the constellations of Auriga and Ursa Minor.
Visible between latitudes:  +90 and -10 degrees
Best season: Winter/Spring
Seen in three seasons: Autumn, Winter and Spring
Best seen in:  January
Seen between: Circumpolar (This constellation of Camelopardalis stays in the Sky all the year.)
Right Ascension (RA):  06 hour
Declination (DEC):  +70 degrees
Area (square degrees):  757 (18th)

Camelopardalis (The Giraffe)

  • It is a large but faint constellation of the northern sky as circumpolar – always visible.
  • The Space Probe – Voyager 1, is moving in the direction of this constellation, though it will not be nearing any of the stars in this constellation for many thousands of years, by which time its batteries will be long dead.

Messier Objects

  • No Messier objects in Camelopardalis.

Features of Interest

  • NGC1502 – Open Cluster visible with binocular.
  • NGC2403 – Spiral Galaxy of magnitude +8.5, reasonably easy to detect in binocular under good conditions.


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