Mensa (Pronounciation:Men-sar, Abbrev:Men, Latin:Mensae) is a constellation, one of 88 constellations that the night sky is divided into. The sky is not divided up equally between the constellations. Mensa takes up 153.484 sq. degrees of the night sky which equates to 0.37% of the night sky. The constellation gets its name as it name means The Mountain Table . It was not one of the original constellations that had been devised by Ptolemy, instead it was created by Abbé Nicolas Louis de Lacaille years later.
Mensa is a southern hemispheric constellation which means it can't be seen easily or at all from the northern hemisphere. The brightest star in Mensa is Alpha Mensae. There are 4 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site.
There is no Greek Legend behind this constellation. It was created by Abbé Nicolas Louis de Lacaille to fill in the voids in the astronomical charts.There are no major meteor showers that radiate from within this constellation.
|Is a Zodiac Sign||No|
|Brightest Star||Alpha Mensae|
|Area||153.484 sq. deg.|
|Percentage of Night Sky||0.37%|
|Site Exoplanet Count||4|
|Meteor Shower Count||0|
|Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding Constellations||Dorado|
The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.
|Star||Distance (Lt. Yrs.)||Exoplanet Count||Declination||Right Ascension|
|HD 38283||124.97||1||-73d 41` 56.7||05h 37m 01.73|
|HD 39194||84.48||3||-70d 08` 47.7||05h 44m 32.45|
As there's so many stars in the cosmos, not all the stars are listed here. The site has lots of stars not listed so if your star isn't listed and you know the Henry Draper or Hipparcos ID, type https://www.universeguide.com/star/ then followed by the HIPNNNNNN or HDNNNN where NNNNN is the number part of the name. The stars that I do list have either a traditional name, a bayer or other classification name.
|Star||Distance (Lt. Yrs.)||Declination||Right Ascension|
|Alpha Mensae||33.26||-74d 45` 09.1||06h 10m 14.20|
|Alpha Mensae B||486.81||+27d 55` 39.2||08h 55m 39.69|
|Beta Mensae||793.58||-71d 18` 51.6||05h 02m 43.00|
|Delta Mensae||423.59||-80d 12` 51.1||04h 17m 59.18|
|Epsilon Mensae||466.61||-79d 05` 39.1||07h 25m 38.19|
|Eta Mensae||668.37||-74d 56` 13.2||04h 55m 11.14|
|Gamma Mensae||102.28||-76d 20` 30.0||05h 31m 52.66|
|Iota Mensae||853.83||-78d 49` 15.2||05h 35m 36.13|
|Kappa Mensae||285.11||-79d 21` 41.5||05h 50m 16.80|
|Lambda Mensae||452.38||-72d 42` 08.3||05h 47m 48.15|
|Mu Mensae||491.21||-70d 55` 52.0||04h 43m 03.95|
|Nu Mensae||169.79||-81d 34` 48.8||04h 20m 58.03|
|Pi Mensae||59.74||-80d 28` 18.0||05h 37m 08.79|
|R71||2489.80||-71d 20` 13.1||05h 02m 07.39|
|Theta Mensae||352.23||-79d 25` 12.7||06h 56m 34.48|
|TY Mensae||569.22||-81d 35` 08.0||05h 26m 49.79|
|TZ Mensae||366.06||-84d 47` 06.8||05h 30m 13.93|
|UX Mensae||331.80||-76d 14` 55.4||05h 30m 03.10|
|WX Mensae||1087.21||-73d 44` 28.9||05h 34m 44.78|
|Xi Mensae||368.96||-82d 28` 13.9||04h 58m 50.99|
|YY Mensae||942.67||-75d 16` 38.0||04h 58m 17.95|
|Zeta Mensae||413.91||-80d 48` 49.4||06h 40m 02.91|