n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - The Ancient Starry Ship : deep-sky delights

Volume 69, Issue 7_8
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



Vela was part of Jason and the Argonauts' vessel, originally named , used, amongst others, in the hunt for the Golden Fleece. Until 1750 this ship was one large and sprawling constellation when the French celestial cartographer, Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille was producing charts of the southern hemisphere skies and dismembered it into four pieces. Puppis the poop deck, Vela representing the sails of the mighty ship, firmly attached to Carina the keel and Pyxis the ship's compass.

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