λ Velorum

Lambda Velorum is an orange-yellow supergiant, perhaps as large as 75 times the radius of the Sun.

From b Vel move one field northeast; from gamma Vel move two fields east and one field north: binoculars.

Also in this field is the pleasant binary z Velorum (h4191): 5.3, 9.2; 14, 5.7".


A little over a half-field northeast and you have psi Velorum in a rather remote region of the sky.

Psi Velorum is a close binary (Copeland 1): 3.9, 5.1; 112, 1.0" with an orbit of 33.99 years.


In the extreme east of the constellation are the two bright stars mu and p Velorum. From lambda move east four fields, then south one field: mu Velorum. Another route would be from Antlia, to the north. From alpha Antliae drop due south a little over four binocular fields.

Both mu Velorum and p Velorum are close binaries:
     mu Velorum (R 155): 2.8, 5.7; 56, 2.3", with an orbit of 116.2 years.
     p Velorum (See 119): 4.1, 5.8; 272, 0.4".

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