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Proper NameNone
Bayer DesignationPhi Velorum
Flamsteed NumberNone
BSC3940
HD86440
ConstellationVela
Right Ascension9h 56m 52s
Declination-54° 34' 4"
Distancec.1,600 light years
c.500 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +3.5
Absolute: -4.9
Spectral ClassB5Ib Blue Supergiant
Optimum VisibilityMarch (Usually visible from southern latitudes)
NotesA hot blue supergiant in the southern parts of the constellation of Vela, Phi Velorum has expanded to reach a diameter some twenty-four times that of the Sun. Its parallax measurement suggests a distance of 1,591 light years from the Solar System.

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