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Vela (Sails)

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The brightest star in the constellation, γ Velorum, is a bright 1.75m supergiant star. The False Cross is an asterism formed of the stars δ Velorum and κ Velorum and ι Carinae and ε Carinae.

Its name is Latin for the sails of a ship, and it was originally part of a larger constellation, the ship Argo Navis, which was later divided into three parts, the others being Carina and Puppis.

Neighbouring Constellations

Antlia (Air Pump)

Carina (Keel)

Centaurus (Centaur)

Puppis (Stern)

Pyxis (Compass)

Picture of Vela