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Vela (abbr. Vel, gen. Velorum)





The Sails; a constellation of the southern hemisphere that together with Carina, Puppis, and Pyxis, formed Argo Navis. Vela lies west of Centaurus and north and east of Carina, and occupies a region of sky extremely rich in star fields. See below for details of the constellation's brightest stars and interesting deep sky objects.


Vela constellation
Vela. © 2003 Torsten Bronger.
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Stars brighter than magnitude 4.0
Star Visual
mag.
Abs.
mag.
Spectral
type
Distance
(lt-yr)
R.A. (h m s) Dec. ( ° ' '' )
Gamma (Regor) 1.75 -5.31 WC8+O7.5e 841 08 09 32 -47 20 12
Delta (Koo She) 1.93 -0.01 A1V 80 08 44 42 -54 42 30
Lambda (Al Suhail al Wazn) 2.23v -4.00 K4Ib 573 09 08 00 -43 25 57
Kappa (Markab) 2.49 -0.67 B9III 140 09 22 07 -55 00 38
Mu 2.69 -0.06 G5III+G2V 116 10 46 46 -49 25 12
Phi (Tseen Ke) 3.52 -5.34 B5Ib 1,930 09 56 52 -54 34 03
Psi 3.60 2.25 F3IV+F0IV 61 09 30 42 -40 28 00
Omicron 3.60 -2.31 B3IV 495 08 40 18 -52 55 19
c 3.75 -1.13 K2III 309 09 04 09 -47 05 02
p 3.84 1.72 A3V 86 10 37 18 -48 13 32
q 3.85 1.35 A2V 103 10 14 44 -42 07 19
a 3.87 -4.52 A1III 1,550 08 46 02 -46 02 30


Other objects of interest
Name Type of Object Notes
Vela Pulsar star See separate entry
IC 2391 open cluster A bright, close group around Omicron Vel, visible to the naked eye but best seen with binoculars. Magnitude 2.5; diameter 50'; R.A. 09h 40.2m, Dec. -53° 04'.
IC 2395 open cluster Magnitude 4.6; diameter 8'; R.A. 08h 41.1m, Dec. -48° 12'.
NGC 2547 open cluster About 50 stars of seventh magnitude and fainter, visible with binoculars. Magnitude 4.7; diameter 20'; R.A. 08h 10.7m, Dec. -49° 16'.
NGC 3201 globular cluster Magnitude 4.7; diameter 18'; R.A. 10h 17.6m, Dec. -46° 25'.
Eight-burst Nebula planetary nebula NGC 3132. See separate entry.


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