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μ Velorum (mu Velorum)

Altitude: -16.3°   Azimuth: 154.6°   Direction: South-South-East

μ Velorum is a double giant star in the constellation of Vela.

μ Velorum visual magnitude is 2.69. Thanks to its high brightness, μ 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 μ Velorum is 0.074 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.048 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of μ Velorum (mu Velorum) star
DSS2 image of μ Velorum. The red arrow shows the motion of μ Velorum during the next 10000 years (12.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and -8.00 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about μ Velorum


μ Velorum (mu Velorum) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -16.3°
Azimuth: 154.6°
Direction: South-South-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of μ Velorum

μ 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 μ Velorum are provided in the following table:

10h 46m 46s
-49° 25’ 12”

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

Finder chart μ Velorum (mu Velorum) star
Simplified finder chart for μ Velorum (mu Velorum).

Visibility of μ Velorum from your location

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

μ Velorum (mu Velorum) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt

Distance of μ Velorum from the Sun and relative movement

μ Velorum is distant 115.68 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 6 kilometers per second.

35.49 pc
115.68 ly
6 km/s
0.074 arcsec/year
-0.048 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of μ Velorum

μ Velorum belongs to spectral class G5 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


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

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

μ Velorum star system properties

μ Velorum is a visual double star which can be observed with the help of medium or large telescopes. The table below shows key information about the μ Velorum double sysyem:

1.7 arcsec

Alternative designations of μ Velorum

μ Velorum
(mu Velorum)