Epoch J2000 Equinox J2000
|Right ascension||08h 35m 20.65525s|
|Declination||-45° 10′ 35.1545″|
|Apparent magnitude (V)||23.6|
|Distance||959 (-163,+248) ly
(294 (-50,+76) pc)
Supernova origins 
It has a period of 89 milliseconds (the shortest known at the time of its discovery) and the remnant from the supernova explosion is estimated to be travelling at 1,200 km/s (750 mi/s). It has the third brightest optical component of all known pulsars (V = 23.6 mag) which pulses twice for every single radio pulse. The Vela pulsar is the brightest persistent object in the high energy gamma ray sky.
Vela X confusion 
Note that this object has often been called Vela X, for reasons that appear historically unclear. Because of the possible confusion with Vela X-1, a very different kind of object that happens to lie nearby, referring to it as either "Vel X" or "Vela X" seems inadvisable.
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