Camelopardalis as depicted by Johannes Hevelius in his Firmamentum Sobiescianum sive Uranographia (1687). Source image provided by www.RareMaps.com — Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc.
|Camelopardalis Constellation Profile
|Location: Northern Hemisphere
||Size/Area: 757 sq. deg.
||Size Rank: 18
|On Meridian: 9pm February 1st
||Best View (North): Winter
||Best View (South):
|Bordering Constellations: Ursa Minor, Draco, Cepheus, Cassiopeia, Perseus, Auriga, Lynx, Ursa Major
The Myth Behind the Constellation Camelopardalis
Camelopardalis, Latin for “the giraffe”, was invented by Dutchman Petrus Plancius in 1612. To the ancient Greeks, a giraffe was a “camel-leopard” because it had the head of a camel and the spots of a leopard. Jacob Bartsch, in 1624, included this constellation on his star maps and wrote that it represented the camel Rebecca rode to Jacob.
Camelopardalis Constellation Points of Interest
Interesting stars and objects.
Bright Stars in Camelopardalis
There are no stars in Camelopardaliss with a magnitude of 3.0 or brighter.