Daily cosmobite: sailing in the sky

21_Vela above the Southern Cross_2013 Sydney Observatory Sky GuideThe constellation of Vela the Sails is high in the south in the early evening to the right or west of the Southern Cross. Its brightest star Gamma Velorum is the star furthest towards the west. This star is the brightest example of a group of hot massive stars called Wolf-Rayet stars.

The constellation of Vela. Sky chart from the 2014 Australasian Sky Guide

2 responses to “Daily cosmobite: sailing in the sky

    • Hello Steven. When you take a time exposure of the sky facing south all stars including the stars of the constellation of Vela will show up as streaks that are parts of circles. Stars near the south celestial pole will appear to make small circles, while stars further from the pole will make larger circles.

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