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Proper NameNone
Bayer DesignationN Velorum
Flamsteed NumberNone
BSC3803
HD82668
ConstellationVela
Right Ascension9h 31m 13s
Declination-57° 2' 4"
Distance239 light years
73 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +3.2
Absolute: -1.2
Spectral ClassK5III Orange Giant
Optimum VisibilityFebruary / March (Usually visible from southern latitudes)

The dense grouping of stars to the west (right) of N Velorum in this image is the galactic cluster IC 2488, a group of about four hundred stars some 3,700 light years from the Sun (that is, about fifteen times farther away than N Velorum). Imagery provided by Aladin sky atlas

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