The Omicron Velorum Cluster
|Right Ascension||08 : 40.2 (h : m)
|Declination||-53 : 04 (deg : m)
|Visual Brightness||2.5 (mag)
|Apparent Dimension||50 (arc min)|
This bright southern cluster was first described by the old Persian astronomer Al Sufi about 964 AD.
Its brightest star is of apparent magnitude 3.63, its hottest of spectral type B3, and its age is given as 36 million years in the Sky Catalog 2000, which also gives its Trumpler class: II,3,p. It consists of about 30 stars.
Our image was obtained by David Malin of the Anglo Australian Observatory and is copyrighted; it may be used for private purpose only. For any other kind of use, including internet mirroring and storing on CD-ROM, please contact Coral Cooksley of the Anglo Australian Observatory.
In John Caldwell's observing list.
Astronomical League's Southern Sky Binocular Club list.
Last Modification: 29 Mar 1998, 13:25 MET