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The Giraffe

Constellation of the northern sky

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Constellation FamilyUrsa Major
Celestial QuadrantsNQ1, NQ2, NQ3
Right Ascension03h16 to 14h27
Declination+52.7° to +86.1°
Area (sq deg)757
Brightest StarBeta Camelopardalis
Optimum VisibilityJanuary (Usually visible from northern latitudes)
NotesCamelopardalis was not a classical constellation of the northern sky, and was first described as late as the seventeenth century. Its name comes from an old name for the giraffe, camelopard or 'spotted camel'. The entire constellation is faint, and its brightest star, Beta Camelopardalis, only reaches fourth magnitude.

A constellation of faint stars in the northern sky.

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