Space Astronomy Laboratory
ASTRO - 2
OBJECT: Z Camelopardali (Z-CAM)
ID # 3213
UW Astronomer: Joni Johnson
Z-Cam is a dwarf nova star in the constellation of the Camelopardalis. As a variable star, it ranges between 10th and 14th magnitude; it's 2- to 3-week internal explosions resemble small-scale nova outbursts. Z-Cam can remain constant for several months at a time, but it also goes through erratic periods of outburst which have no pattern.