Abbreviation: Â Vel
English Name: Â The Sails
Genitive:Â Suhail al Muhif
Hemisphere:Â Â Northern Hemisphere
Location:Â Between the constellations of Antlia and Carina.
Visible between latitudes: Â +30 and -90 degrees
Best season: Spring
Seen in three seasons:Â Winter, Spring and Summer.
Best seen in:Â During the middle of March.
Seen between:February to April.
Right Ascension (RA):Â 09 hour
Declination (DEC):Â -50 degrees
Area (square degrees): Â 500 (32nd)
Vela Â (The Sails)
- Â It was originally part of a larger constellation, which was later divided into three parts, the others beingÂ Carina (The Keel),Â Puppis (The Stern), and Pyxis (The Compass), once formed part of a huge group of stars in the southern skies known as Argos Navis.
- No Messier objects in Vela.
Features of Interest
- NGC 2547 Â – Â Open Cluster; 80 stars, detected weak concentration of stars range in brightness, visible with binocular or a small telescope.
- IC 2391 Â – Â Open Cluster; also known as Caldwell 85 (C85), very bright containing about 30 stars – visible to the naked-eye and an ideal object for binocular observation.
- IC 2395 Â – Â Open Cluster; fine cluster of around 16 stars, best observed with 3 or 4-inch telescopes, but well seen in binoculars.
- NGC 2547 Â – Â Open Cluster; large and bright, pretty sprinkling of bright blue stars – involved in nebulosity. (Likely – Seven Sisters in Taurus.)
- NGC 2626 Â – Â Reflection Nebula – pretty bright & large, unusually but very interest to be seen roundish nebula.
- NGC 3201 Â – Â Globular Cluster; fairly loose and slightly irregular in outline, very small and very bright nucleus. Well resolved with 4-inch telescopes.
- NGC 3132Â Â – Â Planetary Nebula; also know as Caldwell 74 (C74) or the Eight Burst Nebula, very bright and rounded disc is visible with a small telescope – may reveal the magnitude +10.0 star at its center. Sometimes it considered the southern version of Lyra’sÂ Ring NebulaÂ (M57). (Magnitude: +8.2)
- Suhail al MuhlifÂ (Gamma 2 Vel)
- AlsuhailÂ (Lambda Vel)
- Photo of the constellation;Â Vela, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart Â – Â Vela
- List of stars inÂ Vela.
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