Vela Constellation Myths and Factsadmin2017-11-17T21:34:20-04:00
Vela: The Sails
Vela was part of Argo Navis, depicted here by Johannes Hevelius in his Firmamentum Sobiescianum sive Uranographia (1687). Source image provided by www.RareMaps.com — Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc.
Vela, “The Sails”, was part of a much larger constellation known as Argo Navis, the ship Argo. Argo was the vessel that Jason and the Argonauts sailed on during their quest for the Golden Fleece (see Aries.) In the mid-eighteenth century French astronomer Nicolas-Louis de La Caille divided this super constellation into three parts; Carina, Puppis and Vela. He also created a fourth constellation, Pyxis, using stars from part of this vast group.
Vela Constellation Points of Interest
Interesting stars and objects.
Bright Stars in Vela
These are the stars in Vela with a minimum magnitude of 3.0.