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Camelopardalis constellation, optical image

Camelopardalis constellation, optical image

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TONY & DAPHNE HALLAS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY TONY & DAPHNE HALLAS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Camelopardalis constellation. Optical image of Camelopardalis, the Giraffe, a large, faint, northern constellation. Its name comes from Latin via Greek and means giraffe, but the original words kamelos meant camel, and pardalis meant leopard. Presumably the figure was so named because it was imagined to have a long neck and spots like a leopard, but it has no ancient mythology associated with it since it was not invented until the 1600s. Camelopardalis is a very non-distinct constellation with its brightest stars being only fourth magnitude. It is located between Cassiopeia and Cepheus to the west; Lynx and Ursa Major to the east; Perseus and Auriga to the south, and Ursa Minor and Draco to the north.

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