Tuesday 19 September 2017 - 07:50:57 Posted by  Bobby

 Description of Camelopardalis

Camelopardalis is a faint constellation of the northern sky, representing a giraffe, it was introduced in the early 17th century by the Dutch astronomer Petrus Plancius. An obsolete variant of its name is Camelopardus.

 The Facts

  • Depiction: The Giraffe
  • Pronounced: ka-MEL-oh-PAR-da-lis
  • Genitive: Camelopardalis
  • Abbreviation: Cam
  • Highest in the Sky: December to May
  • Size Ranking: 18th
  • Coverage Area: 757 Sq. Degrees
  • Right Acension: 6 hours
  • Declination: 70°
  • Visibility: 90°N to 8°S

 Notable Objects/Stars

  • Beta Camelopardalis: Binary star
  • NGC 1501: Planetary nebula
  • NGC 1502: Open cluster
  • NGC 2156: Irregular galaxy
  • NGC 2403: Spiral galaxy
  • IC 342: Spiral galaxy
  • Struve 1694: Double star

 Best Viewed Objects/Stars

Beta Camelopardalis

 A wide double star. The brighter component is the brightest star in the constellation, at magnitude 4.0. It has a companion of magnitude 7.4 that is easy to see with a small telescope, or even a pair of powerful binoculars. In the same binocular field, an even wider pairing can be seen; the two stars, 11 and 12 Camelopardalis, are of magnitudes 5.2 and 6.1.

NGC 1502

 An open cluster, visible with binoculars or a small telescope. Although small, its stars are moderately bright, and include a noticeable 7th magnitude double.


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