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γ2 Velorum (gamma2 Velorum)

Altitude: -9.6°   Azimuth: 190.2°   Direction: South

γ2 Velorum is a variable and multiple supergiant star in the constellation of Vela.

γ2 Velorum visual magnitude is 1.78. Thanks to its high brightness, γ2 Velorum is clearly visible when observed from locations with dark skyes, and should be also quite easily visible from light polluted areas.

The proper motion of γ2 Velorum is -0.004 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.006 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 100000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of γ2 Velorum (gamma2 Velorum) star
DSS2 image of γ2 Velorum. The red arrow shows the motion of γ2 Velorum during the next 100000 years (-6.67 arcmin in Right Ascension and 10.00 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about γ2 Velorum


γ2 Velorum (gamma2 Velorum) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -9.6°
Azimuth: 190.2°
Direction: South

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of γ2 Velorum

γ2 Velorum is situated south of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of γ2 Velorum are provided in the following table:

08h 09m 32s
-47° 20’ 12”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of γ2 Velorum in the sky:

Finder chart γ2 Velorum (gamma2 Velorum) star
Simplified finder chart for γ2 Velorum (gamma2 Velorum).

Visibility of γ2 Velorum from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

γ2 Velorum (gamma2 Velorum) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt

Distance of γ2 Velorum from the Sun and relative movement

γ2 Velorum is distant 840.21 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 35 kilometers per second.

257.73 pc
840.21 ly
35 km/s
-0.004 arcsec/year
0.006 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of γ2 Velorum

γ2 Velorum belongs to spectral class W and has a luminosity class of I corresponding to a supergiant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where γ2 Velorum is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of γ2 Velorum. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

γ2 Velorum star system properties

γ2 Velorum is a visual double star which can be observed with binoculars or small telescopes. The table below shows key information about the γ2 Velorum double sysyem:

41.2 arcsec

Alternative designations of γ2 Velorum

γ2 Velorum
(gamma2 Velorum)