Nu Puppis is a blue giant star in the constellation Puppis. At 371 light years away, it is the 203rd brightest star in the Earth's sky, where it shines at an apparent visual magnitude of 3.17. It is moving through the Galaxy at a speed of 31 km/s relative to the Sun. Its projected Galactic orbit carries it between 19,000 and 24,400 light years from the center of the Galaxy. It came closest to the Sun 3.6 million years ago when it had brightened to magnitude -2.57 from a distance of 26 light years.
Sky position: RA 6h 37.8m, Dec -43° 12'
Common designations: Nu Puppis, HIP 31685, HD 47670, HR 2451
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