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Tuesday 19 September 2017 - 21:07:18Posted by Bobby
Invention of Mensa
Mensais a small and faint constellation near the south celestial pole and was introduced in the 18th century by the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille. He named it after Table Mountain, near the modern Cape Town in South Africa, from where he charted the southern sky. Mensa's only notable feature is part of the Magellanic Cloud, which extends into it from neighboring Dorado.
Depiction: The Table Mountain
Highest in the Sky: December to February
Size Ranking: 75th
Coverage Area: 153 Sq. Degrees
Right Acension: 5 hours
Visibility: 9°N to 90°S
Large Magellanic Cloud: Satellite Galaxy
Best Viewed Objects/Stars
A yellow star 30 light-years away and similar in nature to the Sun. At magnitude 5.1, it is the brightest star in the constellation.