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Norma Constellation

Norma (Pronounciation:Nore-ma, Abbrev:Nor, Latin:Normae) is a constellation, one of 88 constellations that the night sky is divided into. The sky is not divided up equally between the constellations. Norma takes up 165.29 sq. degrees of the night sky which equates to 0.4% of the night sky. The constellation gets its name as it name means The Rule . 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.

Norma is not a member of the Zodiac group of twelve constellations that appear when the Sun sets. Norma is a southern hemispheric constellation which means it can't be seen easily or at all from the northern hemisphere.

The brightest star in Norma is Gamma Normae. There are 4 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site.

Norma Star and Deep Space Object Count

The number of stars that have been catalogued as part of the Hipparcos Star Catalogue from Norma is 681. The number of stars that are of magnitude 6.0 or lower in the constellation is 26. 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.

Stars of Interest

The nearest star to Earth is HIP 79537 which is roughly about 45.29 Light Years from the Earth. The nearest star to the Earth with an exoplanet is HD 142415 which is about 111.66 Light Years. The furthest star that can be located in the constellation is HIP 76661 which is located about 326163.3 Light Years away from the Sun. The furthest figure is derived from either the 1997 or 2007 Hipparcos star catalogue parallax figure and it has been known to produce distances that are wrong.

The dimmest star that can be seen in Norma with the naked eye is HD 141544. The dim star has an apparent magnitude of 6. 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.

Meteor Showers

There are 1 Meteor Showers that occur during the year within this constellation based on information gathered from Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland). The Meteor Shower is known as the Gamma Normids.

Norma Facts

Is a Zodiac Sign No
Brightest StarGamma Normae
Area165.29 sq. deg.
Percentage of Night Sky0.4%
Size Position74th
Hemisphere Southern
Site Exoplanet Count4
Meteor Shower Count1
Nearest StarHIP 79537
Nearest Star with Exoplanet(s)HD 142415
Dimmest StarHD 141544
Furthest StarHIP 76661
Bright Star Count26
Hipparcos Star Count681
Main Star Count4
Messier Deep Space Object Count0
*Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count0
Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding ConstellationsLupus
Triangulum Australe

*Note: The number of Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count relates to how many are covered on this site not how many there are.

Norma Constellation Map

Norma Constellation Star Map

The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.

List of Stars with Exoplanets in Norma

StarDistance (Lt. Yrs.)Exoplanet CountDeclinationRight Ascension
HD 142415111.661-60d 12` 00.015h 57m 40.92
HD 143361214.161-44d 26` 03.316h 01m 50.48
HD 148156168.301-46d 19` 03.716h 28m 17.25
HD 330075161.791-49d 57` 47.915h 49m 37.90

List of Named Stars in Norma without Extrasolar Planets

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.

StarDistance (Lt. Yrs.)DeclinationRight Ascension
Delta Normae122.34-45d 10` 23.816h 06m 29.42
Epsilon Normae530.35-47d 33` 17.016h 27m 11.05
Eta Normae219.49-49d 13` 47.016h 03m 12.86
Gamma1 Normae1469.20-50d 04` 05.216h 17m 00.94
Gamma2 Normae128.77-50d 09` 19.416h 19m 50.57
Iota1 Normae128.46-57d 46` 29.516h 03m 32.22
Iota2 Normae279.97-57d 56` 03.016h 09m 18.56
Kappa Normae428.04-54d 37` 49.516h 13m 28.73
Lambda Normae348.84-42d 40` 26.216h 19m 17.64
Mu Normae4181.58-44d 02` 43.116h 34m 05.02
QU Normae1822.14-46d 14` 35.616h 29m 42.33
QY Normae748.08-53d 42` 37.216h 04m 21.32
R Nor1896.30-49d 30` 28.615h 35m 57.35
S Normae2811.75-57d 53` 59.216h 18m 51.83
T Normae903.50-54d 59` 12.415h 44m 03.85
Theta Normae385.54-47d 22` 18.916h 15m 15.35
V360 Normae2160.02-55d 03` 19.915h 51m 06.81
V367 Normae1598.84-53d 40` 16.216h 13m 16.97
V368 Normae774.73-53d 48` 40.016h 16m 43.27
V378 Normae7765.79-57d 45` 22.716h 29m 45.22
Zeta Normae217.73-55d 32` 27.016h 13m 22.80

Norma Constellation's Star Breakdown

Type Breakdown

GYellow 5,200 - 6,000k160
BBlue-White 10,500 - 30,000k135
FYellow-White 6,000 - 7,500k130
KLight Orange Star 3,700 - 5,200k124
AWhite 7,500 - 10,000k62
MRed Dwarf Star <3,700k28
OBlue Star >33,000k4

Size Breakdown

IIINormal Giant217
VMain Sequence206
IIBright Giant25
IbLess Luminous Supergiant15
IaLuminous Supergiant10
IabIntermediate Luminous Supergiant1

Breakdown of Carbon Stars by Type

CC-Type Carbon Star2

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