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Vela Constellation
Constellation Vela the Sails Star Map

Vela, the Sails (Vel)


The Southern 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

    Brightest Stars in Vela

    The 10 brightest stars in the constellation Vela by magnitude.

        1. Star
        2. Magnitude
        3. Spectral class

      Star Clusters in Vela

      The most notable and easy-to-find star clusters in the constellation Vela . Also see all star clusters.

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

        Nebulae in Vela

        Notable and easy-to-find nebulae in the constellation Vela . Also see all nebulae.

            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. Also see all neutron stars.

              1. Neutron star
              2. Type

            * Constellation shown for northen hemisphere skies. For the southern hemisphere, constellations appear rotated 180 degrees (upside-down and left-right reversed) from what is shown. Remember that seasons are reversed too - summer in northern latitudes is winter in southern latitudes.

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