Mensa

Tuesday 19 September 2017 - 21:07:18 Posted by  Bobby
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 Invention of Mensa

Mensa is 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.

 The Facts

  • Depiction: The Table Mountain
  • Pronounced: MEN-sa
  • Genitive: Mensae
  • Abbreviation: Men
  • Highest in the Sky: December to February
  • Size Ranking: 75th
  • Coverage Area: 153 Sq. Degrees
  • Right Acension: 5 hours
  • Declination: -80°
  • Visibility: 9°N to 90°S

 Notable Objects

  • Large Magellanic Cloud: Satellite Galaxy

 Best Viewed Objects/Stars

Alpha Mensae

 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.
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