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ψ Velorum (psi Velorum)

Altitude: -2.3°   Azimuth: 172.8°   Direction: South

ψ Velorum is a variable and double sub-giant star in the constellation of Vela.

ψ Velorum visual magnitude is 3.6. Because of its moderate brightness, ψ Velorum should be easily visible from locations with dark skyes, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skyes affected by light pollution.

The proper motion of ψ Velorum is -0.182 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.073 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of ψ Velorum (psi Velorum) star
DSS2 image of ψ Velorum. The red arrow shows the motion of ψ Velorum during the next 1000 years (-3.03 arcmin in Right Ascension and 1.22 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about ψ Velorum


ψ Velorum (psi Velorum) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -2.3°
Azimuth: 172.8°
Direction: South

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of ψ Velorum

ψ 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 ψ Velorum are provided in the following table:

09h 30m 42s
-40° 28’ 00”

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

Finder chart ψ Velorum (psi Velorum) star
Simplified finder chart for ψ Velorum (psi Velorum).

Visibility of ψ Velorum from your location

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

ψ Velorum (psi Velorum) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt

Distance of ψ Velorum from the Sun and relative movement

ψ Velorum is distant 60.49 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 9 kilometers per second.

18.56 pc
60.49 ly
9 km/s
-0.182 arcsec/year
0.073 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of ψ Velorum

ψ Velorum belongs to spectral class F3 and has a luminosity class of IV corresponding to a sub-giant star.


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

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

ψ Velorum star system properties

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

0.7 arcsec

Alternative designations of ψ Velorum

ψ Velorum
(psi Velorum)
Gl 351 A