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Camelopardalis – The Giraffe

Camelopardalis is one of the 88 constellations within the celestial sphere.

Camelopardalis is one of the 42 constellations that represents an animal.

Symbolism: Camelopardalis is also known as ‘The Giraffe’


History & Mythology

Camelopardalis is not known since ancient times and in Greek or Roman mythology as the particular area of sky is quite barren and doesn’t contain stars brighter and 4th magnitude. Conceived by Dutch astronomer Petrus Plancius in 1612 when he started to draw a Giraffe around the stars in the space. So that makes Camelopardalis not part of the original 48 constellations.


Key Data

Bordering Constellations: Camelopardalis is bordered by constellations Lynx, Ursa Major, Ursa MinorDraco, Cepheus, Cassiopeia, Perseus & Auriga.

Sky Chart #: 1.

Star Raking: 18th largest constellation in the celestial sphere. 

Main Stars: Camelopardalis consists of 8 main stars.

Brightest Star: Cam.


Kids Fun Facts Corner

# 1. Camelopardalis has 4 stars with planets.

# 2. The most notable feature in Camelopardalis is Kemble’s cascade which is a trail of stars broken away from galaxy NGC 1502.

# 3. Cam is the brightest star in Camelopardalis.


Q&A Corner

Q. What is Camelopardalis also known as?

Q. How many main stars does Camelopardalis have?

Q. What is the brightest star in Camelopardalis?

Q. How many stars have planets in Camelopardalis?

Q. What number star ranking is Camelopardalis in the celestial sphere?

Download questions about the Camelopardalis Constellation here: Camelopardalis Constellation (answers are on this page)

Teachers. For more in depth work sheets on constellations. Click on Kidskonnect Worksheets  

For further reading on the Camelopardalis Constellation visit Constellation

  Key Vocabulary Constellation. Star. Celestial. Sphere.


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