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Proper NameNone
Bayer DesignationN Velorum
Flamsteed NumberNone
HR (BSC)3803
Right Ascension9h 31m 13s
Declination-57° 2' 4"
Distance239 light years
73 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +3.16
Absolute: -1.16
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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