Delta Velorum

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Delta Velorum
Vela constellation map.svg
Red circle.svg

Location of δ Velorum (circled)
Observation data
Epoch J2000      Equinox J2000
Constellation Vela
δ Vel A
Right ascension 08h 44m 42.226s[1]
Declination −54° 42′ 31.76″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 1.99[1] (1.99 - 2.39[2])
δ Vel B
Right ascension 08h 44m 42.203s[1]
Declination −54° 42′ 30.60″
Apparent magnitude (V) 5.57[1]
U−B color index +0.07[3]
B−V color index +0.04[3]
δ Vel A
Spectral type A1 Va(n)[4]
Variable type Eclipsing binary[2]
δ Vel B
Spectral type F2-F5[5]
Radial velocity (Rv) +2.2[6] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: +28.99[7] mas/yr
Dec.: −103.35[7] mas/yr
Parallax (π) 40.49 ± 0.39[7] mas
Distance 80.6 ± 0.8 ly
(24.7 ± 0.2 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV) 0.02/3.60[5]
δ Vel A
Mass 2.53/2.37[5] M
Radius 2.643/2.363[5] R
Luminosity 56.3/47.1[5] L
Surface gravity (log g) 3.79[4] cgs
Temperature 9,470/9,370[5] K
Rotational velocity (v sin i) 150[8] km/s
Age 400 million[5] years
δ Vel B
Mass 1.5[5] M
Other designations
CD −54° 1788, GCTP 2098.00, HD 74956, HIP 42913, HR 3485, SAO 236232.
Database references

Delta Velorum (δ Vel, δ Velorum) is a star system in the southern constellation Vela, near the border with Carina. Based on parallax measurements, it is approximately 80.6 light-years (24.7 parsecs) from Earth.

The south celestial pole will pass close to δ Velorum around 9000 AD because of precession.[9] The False Cross is an asterism formed of the δ Velorum and κ Velorum and ι Carinae and ε Carinae. It is so called because it is sometimes mistaken for the Southern Cross, causing errors in astronavigation.[10]

This star appears in an asterism with the given name of Koo She (Chinese: 弧矢, hú shǐ, "Bow and Arrow"), comprising δ Velorum, ω Carinae, and stars from Canis Major.[11]


Delta Velorum is a triple star system. The outward components A and B have a wide orbit with a 142-year orbital period. The primary component A has an apparent magnitude of 1.99, while the secondary component B is magnitude 5.57, with a combined magnitude measured at 1.96.[12] In 1978 the primary component was reported to be a spectroscopic binary in the Proceeding of the Australian Astronomical observatory, and this was confirmed by the Hipparcos satellite. Observations of variability in the δ Velorum system were made independently by ground-based astronomers and the Galileo spaceprobe at Jupiter.[13]

In 2000 it was announced that the components Aa and Ab form an eclipsing binary, having an orbital period of 45.15 days and an eccentricity of 0.230.[5] Delta Velorum is the brightest known eclipsing binary, although Algol has a deeper minimum and is easier to observe visually. Only the primary component δ Velorum A is sufficiently bright to explain such variation.

Both members of the spectroscopic binary δ Vel A are evolved stars that have left the main sequence. Component Aa has 2.5 times the mass of the Sun, 2.6 times the Sun's radius, and is radiating 56 times the luminosity of the Sun at an effective temperature of 9,470. Component Ab is only slightly smaller, with 2.4 times the Sun's mass and radius, with a luminosity of 47 times the Sun and an effective temperature of 9,370 K. The two stars are spinning rapidly and are about 400 million years old.[5]

A second binary system is located at an angular separation of 69 arcseconds. It is composed of an 11th magnitude and 13th magnitude pair, which are 6 arcseconds apart.


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  2. ^ a b Samus, N. N.; Durlevich, O. V.; et al. (2009). "VizieR Online Data Catalog: General Catalogue of Variable Stars (Samus+ 2007–2013)". VizieR On-line Data Catalog: B/gcvs. Originally published in: 2009yCat....102025S. 1: 02025. Bibcode:2009yCat....102025S. 
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  11. ^ Allen, Richard Hinckley (1963), Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning (Revised ed.), New York: Dover Publications, p. 73, ISBN 0-486-21079-0 
  12. ^ Hoffleit, D.; Warren, W. H. (1995). "VizieR Online Data Catalog: Bright Star Catalogue, 5th Revised Ed. (Hoffleit+, 1991)". VizieR On-line Data Catalog: V/50. Originally published in: 1964BS....C......0H. 5050: 0. Bibcode:1995yCat.5050....0H. 
  13. ^ Otero, Fieseler & Lloyd; Fieseler, Paul D.; Lloyd, Christopher (2000), "Delta Velorum is an Eclisping Binary", Information Bulletin on Variable Stars, IBVS 4999, 4999: 1, Bibcode:2000IBVS.4999....1O 

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Coordinates: Sky map 08h 44m 42.22658s, −54° 42′ 31.7493″