The Giraffe

Abbreviation: Cam
Genitive: Camelopardalis

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Dutch astronomer Petrus Plancius introduced this constellation in the early seventeenth century. Some older astronomy books give the name as Camelopardus.

Notable Features

Designation Name Description
HD 104985 Tonatiuh One exoplanet is known to revolve around this faint star.
C5 This face-on spiral galaxy is a challenging object because it's near the dusty galactic equator where seeing is problematical.
C7 Discovered by William Herschel in 1788, this spiral galaxy lies at a distance of approximately 8 million light years.