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Vela Constellation
Constellation Vela the Sails Star Map

Vela, the Sails (Vel)  

(VEE-luh)


The constellation of Vela, the Sails, is best viewed in Spring during the month of March. It's brightest star is Gamma Velorum at magnitude 1.75. The boundary of the Vela constellation contains 7 stars that host known exoplanets.

Luhman is the 3rd closest star to Earth at 6.5 light years.

      1. Pronunciation:
      2. VEE-luh
      1. Meaning:
      2. Sails
      1. Genitive:
      2. Velorum
      1. Abbreviation:
      2. Vel
      1. Constellation Family:
      2. Heavenly Waters
      1. Hemisphere:
      2. Southern
      1. Quadrant:
      2. SQ2
      1. Best viewing month*:
      2. March
      1. Right Ascension (avg):
      2. 9h 20m
      1. Declination (avg):
      2. -48° 29'
      1. Brightest star:
      2. Gamma Velorum  (1.75)
      1. Stars with planets:
      2. 7
      1. X-ray stars:
      2. 3 stars



    Star Clusters in Vela

    The most notable, famous, and easy-to-find star clusters in the constellation Vela :

        1. Star cluster
        2. Catalog #
        3. Cluster type



      Nebulae in Vela

      The most notable, famous, and easy-to-find nebulae in the constellation Vela :

          1. Nebula name
          2. Catalog #
          3. Nebula type



        Neutron Stars in Vela

        These are the most well-known neutron stars in the constellation Vela. Although neutron stars cannot be seen in any amateur telescope, they are at the center of many supernova remnant nebulae, which can be seen.

            1. Neutron star
            2. Type



          Exoplanets in Vela

          These are the most notable named exoplanet systems known in the constellation Vela. Bear in mind that we will likely discover billions of exoplanets in the years to come.

              1. Host star name
              2. Exoplanet name

            * For southern latitudes, flip the season listed. For example, if a constellation is listed as best viewed in the summer in the month of July, in the southern hemisphere the constellation would be best viewed in the winter in January and would be upside-down.

            ** Circumpolar constellations are visible year-round in the hemisphere listed (and not at all in the opposite).