English nameCamelopard or Giraffe

No star of the constellation exceeds the magnitude 3,5.

DescriptionCircumpolar constellation, ample but little evident: its brightest stars are of fourth magnitude. It is to the north of Auriga and of Perseus, beside Cassiopeia.

The brightest star of the constellation, beta Camelopardalis, is a yellow supergiant: seen with a small telescope, it shows to have a companion of ninth magnitude.

Other interesting objects are NGC 1502, a small open cluster composed by about fifteen stars, and NGC 2403, a spiral galaxy visible with good binoculars.

and history
This constellation was invented by the Dutch astronomer and theologian Petrus Plancius in 1613. The giraffe represents the animal ridden by Rebecca to go to Canaan and marry Isaac.

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