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 AbbÃ© Nicolas Louis de Lacaille years later.
Mensa is not a member of the Zodiac group of twelve constellations that appear when the Sun sets. 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 5 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site. There is a dedicated page for exoplanets in Mensa. For a list of named stars, that is stars that don't start HD or HIP, please visit Mensa Star List Page.
The number of stars that have been catalogued as part of the Hipparcos Star Catalogue from Mensa is 423. The number of stars that are of magnitude 6.0 or lower in the constellation is 16. The number of stars in the constellation that make up the outline is 4.
There are no deep space objects that were identified by Charles Messier in this constellation. There are no non-Messier deep space objects in this constellation that are covered at present on this site.
The nearest star to Earth is HIP 31292 which is roughly about 28.32 Light Years from the Earth. The nearest star to the Earth with an exoplanet is HD 39194 which is about 84.48 Light Years. The furthest star that can be located in the constellation is HIP 19732 which is located about 20385.21 Light Years away from the Sun.
The dimmest star that can be seen in Mensa with the naked eye is Xi Mensae. The dim star has an apparent magnitude of 5.84. The dimmest star that a person is able to see with their naked eye is 6.0 magnitude based on the table in the reference. Ref: University of Michigan
The caveat of these stars are that they are catalogued on this site. If you know of a star that is nearer or further then do let me know in the comments and I'll add it to the site. The stars mentioned are from the Hipparcos catalogue or have been added because of their special status.
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||5|
|Meteor Shower Count||0|
|Nearest Star||HIP 31292|
|Nearest Star with Exoplanet(s)||HD 39194|
|Dimmest Star||Xi Mensae|
|Furthest Star||HIP 19732|
|Bright Star Count||16|
|Hipparcos Star Count||423|
|Main Star Count||4|
|Messier Deep Space Object Count||0|
|*Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count||0|
|Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding Constellations||Dorado|
*Note: The number of Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count relates to how many are covered on this site not how many there are.
The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.