By Dave Fuller on 11/30/2013 8:38 PM

NGC 1502 open clusterNGC 1502 is a small, open cluster in the dim, northern constellation of Camelopardalis. Containing approximately 45 stars down to 14th magnitude. About a dozen or more are 12-th magnitude and above, and at just 8 arc minutes across, the cluster displays a nice shape, despite it's irregular appearance. It is situated about 2,700 light years from Earth, and is rather young, at just 11 million years old.

Camelopardalis is a constellation with which most people are not familiar. Around 1614, German astronomer Jakob Bartsch identified the outline form - obviously in a time when it was easier to see those dimmer 4 and 4.5 magnitude stars. John Hevelius named it Camelopardalis which means "Camel Leopard" or "Spotted Camel." However, since then, it is now formally known as "The Giraffe."

Finding where the constellation is located isn't too difficult.....

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