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Proper NameNone
Bayer Designationd Velorum
Flamsteed NumberNone
HR (BSC)3477
Right Ascension8h 44m 24s
Declination-42° 38' 57"
Distance232 light years
71 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +4.05
Absolute: -0.18
Spectral ClassG6II-III yellow bright giant
Optimum VisibilityFebruary
Notesd Velorum is a giant star, yellow in colour, that lies on the band of the Milky Way as it passes through the northwestern quadrant of the constellation Vela. This is an evolved star in the later stages of its lifecycle. It has expanded to reach a diameter some fourteen times that of the Sun and is more than a hundred times as luminous.

d Velorum lies against the backdrop of the band of the Milky Way. The grouping of blue stars to the east (left) is the open cluster Trumpler 10, some 1,400 light years from the Sun, and beyond that cluster lie the clouds of the emission nebula designated Gum 17. Imagery provided by Aladin sky atlas


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