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features of interest

FALSE cross A pseudo "Southern Cross" formed by the stars Delta (8) and Kappa (k) Velorum combined with Epsilon (s) and Iota (1) Carinae.

GAMMA (y) velorum 2 1 5 The constellation's leading star at magnitude 1.8. It is the brightest example of a Wolf-Rayet star, a rare type that has lost its outer layers, thereby exposing its ultra-hot interior. A 4th-magnitude companion is visible through small telescopes or even good binoculars. Two wider companions, of 8th and 9th magnitudes, can be seen with telescopes.

NGC 2547 H 5 An open cluster half the apparent size of a full moon.

NGC 3132 (the eight-burst NEBULA) 5 S 3 A notable planetary nebula that gets its popular name from complex loops of gas that give it the appearance of intertwining figure-eights.

IC 2391 2 1 A group of several dozen stars covering an area greater than the apparent size of a full moon. The brightest is 4th-magnitude Omicron (0) Velorum. To the north of it lies another binocular cluster, IC 2395.

the VELA supernova remnant S 3 The gaseous remains of a supernova created by a star that exploded around 11,000 years ago. It lies between Gamma (y) and Lambda (X) Velorum.

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