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Vela Constellation

Vela (Pronounciation:Vee-lar, Abbrev:Vel, Latin:Velorum) is a constellation, one of 88 constellations that the night sky is divided into. The sky is not divided up equally between the constellations. Vela takes up 499.649 sq. degrees of the night sky which equates to 1.21% of the night sky. The constellation gets its name as it name means The Sails . It was not one of the original constellations that had been devised by Ptolemy, instead it was created by Abbé Nicolas Louis de Lacaille years later.

Vela is a southern hemispheric constellation which means it can't be seen easily or at all from the northern hemisphere. The brightest star in Vela is Suhail. There are 9 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) detailed on this site.

Legend of the Constellation

One of three constellations when Nicolas Louis de Lacaille broke up the Argo Navis. The other two constellations are Carina and Puppis.

Meteor Showers

There are 11 Meteor Showers that occur during the year within this constellation based on information gathered from Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland). The ones listed as the ones I've been able to find a date range for. For others if you have the time, you can visit the AMU site, obtains the SL value then use IMO tables to calculate the date. A lot of the Meteor Showers are weak and you need to do a lot of stargazing to spot them.

NameActivityPeak ActivityClosest Star
Gamma Velids1-17 Jan5/8 JanRegor

Vela Facts

Is a Zodiac Sign No
Brightest StarSuhail
Area499.649 sq. deg.
Percentage of Night Sky1.21%
Size Position32nd
Hemisphere Southern
Site Exoplanet Count9
Meteor Shower Count11
Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding ConstellationsAntlia

Vela Constellation Map

Vela Constellation Star Map

The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.

List of Named Stars in Vela

StarDistanceDeclinationRight Ascension
AH Velorum2452.36-46d38`39.708h 11m 59.97
AI Velorum319.45-44d34`33.108h 14m 05.12
CV Velorum1430.54-51d33`20.109h 00m 38.00
FZ Velorum224.79-47d14`05.408h 58m 52.43
GK Velorum731.31-43d58`36.109h 25m 07.89
GU Velorum199.12-53d05`18.708h 27m 36.65
GX Velorum4727.00-44d52`04.509h 11m 04.40
GY Velorum715.27-51d12`16.810h 16m 40.17
GZ Velorum1853.20-55d01`45.510h 19m 36.77
H Velorum353.37-52d43`24.608h 56m 19.28
HX Velorum4530.05-48d05`56.808h 42m 16.20
HY Velorum484.64-53d06`50.508h 42m 25.41
HZ Velorum248.03-39d08`30.108h 49m 52.40
IGR J08408-4503108721.11-45d03`30.308h 40m 47.80
IP Velorum1342.24-51d13`41.409h 43m 27.60
IS Velorum1105.64-47d56`14.008h 09m 43.16
IU Velorum1045.40-43d10`26.409h 00m 22.26
IV Velorum2673.47-52d38`19.709h 57m 10.95
IW Velorum335.90-50d45`54.210h 57m 07.88
KK Velorum1647.29-44d37`56.809h 07m 42.52
KL Velorum692.49-43d36`47.909h 12m 30.54
Koo She80.55-54d42`30.808h 44m 42.20
KQ Velorum489.00-42d15`03.910h 55m 01.04
KT Velorum499.48-53d06`00.408h 42m 19.02
KX Velorum3261.63-46d31`45.1 08h 50m 33.46
LN Velorum7585.19-45d24`38.608h 41m 56.91
LR Velorum4291.62-51d33`38.409h 18m 42.36
Luhman 1653d 19` 9.8610h 49m 18.723
LW Velorum169.26-51d13`58.610h 13m 22.88
Markeb572.22-55d00`38.509h 22m 06.83
Mu Velorum117.16-49d25`12.510h 46m 46.12
MV Velorum1148.46-56d02`35.610h 20m 54.81
MX Velorum3397.53-46d58`42.308h 05m 20.31
NN Velorum916.19-48d41`03.908h 09m 09.51
NO Velorum1359.01-46d59`30.008h 13m 36.16
NY Velorum279.25-40d15`50.008h 40m 19.22
NZ Velorum442.56-53d03`17.208h 39m 57.62
Omicron Velorum493.44-52d55`19.108h 40m 17.61
OP Velorum8815.23-45d54`45.108h 46m 30.55
OY Velorum368.55-52d11`19.409h 01m 44.57
P Velorum87.54-48d13`32.210h 37m 18.26
Psi Velorum61.37-40d28`00.809h 30m 42.11
QZ Velorum2651.73-55d22`23.609h 53m 00.11
R Velorum428.60-52d11`16.710h 06m 07.26
Regor1117.00-47d20`11.808h 09m 31.96
RZ Velorum1772.63-44d06`52.908h 37m 01.31
S Velorum512.03-45d12`31.009h 33m 13.24
Suhail544.51-43d25`57.409h 07m 59.78
SV Velorum-56 d 17`22.410h 44m 56.35
SW Velorum5346.94-47d24`11.208h 43m 38.69
SX Velorum3048.26-46d20`34.808h 44m 53.47
T Velorum7090.51-47d21`43.108h 37m 40.83
Tseen Kee1591.04-54d34`04.109h 56m 51.75
V335 Velorum2296.92-51d08`48.209h 53m 50.11
V342 Vel5722.16-52d36`06.210h 20m 11.75
V361 Velorum1462.62-41d06`50.611h 02m 13.84
Vela X-13469.82-40d33`17.009h 02m 06.86
W Velorum967.84-54d28`42.110h 15m 14.85

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