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Vela cannot be fully sean in the northern hemisphere
where Mu, Lambda,Psi,and Gamma can be seen. However,
It can be in full in the sothern hemisphere The best
time to see (most) of the constilation is March 2nd
at about 9:30pm to the east.


Vela has a major supernova known as Vela Supernova
Remnant (creative name choice, I know). It exploded
11,000 years ago (when it reached earth). There are
2 large nebulas, the first being the Eight-Burst Nebula
which is the brightest, and the Gum nebula. Finally,
there is only 2 brown dwarf stars both in a binary
star system. These brown dwarf stars (known as Luhman-
16) are 6.6 light years away which is the closest
system in the constelation.


Vela has 11 known exoplanets. The most popular being
'HD 85512 B' which has been discovered to be an
exoplanet orbiting a star which greatly reselmbles our
sun. Another notable planet is 'Gliese 1132 B' which
is simmilar in size to Earth.

Vela's name was established in 1922 by the Internation
Astronomical Union. The nicknames of some of the stars
were named by astronomers in the middle east.