z Puppis is located in Puppis, the largest of the four constellations established in the 1750s, when Nicolas Louis de Lacaille divided up the ancient constellation of Argo Navis. As a consequence of this history, there is no α, β, etc. Puppis; at magnitude ~2.3, z is the brightest star in the constellation, and easily found with any star chart. Alternatively, if you think about the “false cross” as an approximate mirror image of the real cross, z Puppis is the more distant of the two mirrored pointer stars.
A brilliant blue-white star, easily seen with the naked eye or any optical aid.
No reference data for [Ochsenbien 1988] .
No reference data for [Sahu 1992] .
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