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Reticulum, The Net Constellation Facts and Mythology

Reticulum Constellation Star Map

Reticulum (Pronounciation:Re-tick-u-lum, Abbrev:Ret, Latin:Reticuli) is a constellation, one of 88 constellations that the night sky is divided into. The sky is not divided up equally between the constellations. Reticulum takes up 113.936 sq. degrees of the night sky which equates to 0.28% of the night sky. Reticulum is the 82nd largest in terms of size in the night sky.

The constellation name means The Net . 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.

There are 5 stars that make up the main constellation. The hipparcos satellite scanned and detailed 329 stars. There are 16 stars that can be seen with the naked eye in the constellation on a very clear night sky.

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

The distance to Reticulum is not calculable because all the stars that make up the constellation are at various distances. The best answer for distance to Reticulum is to calculate the average distance of the stars.

There are 11 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site. There is a dedicated page for exoplanets in Reticulum.

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 image at the top right of this page was generated using Night Vision, a free to use and download application by Brian Simspon.

Reticulum Star Facts

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.

Zeta Reticuli, Nearest Star

The nearest star to Earth is Zeta Reticuli which is roughly about 39.16 Light Years from the Earth. The nearest star to the Earth with an exoplanet is HD 21693 which is about 105.62 Light Years.

HIP 18598, Furthest Star

The furthest star that is located in the constellation is HIP 18598 and it is 16308.17 light years away from the Sun.

Alpha Reticuli, Brightest Star in Reticulum

The brightest star in Reticulum is Alpha Reticuli and is located about 65.82 light years from the Sun. The star has a apparent magnitude of 3.33 but an absolute magnitude of -0.15 when the star is viewed from a distance of 10 Parsecs or 32.6 Light Years. The star is recognised as being the brightest in the constellation as it has the Bayer status of Alpha.

HD 28413, Dimmest Visible Star

The dimmest star that can be seen in Reticulum with the naked eye is HD 28413. The dim star has an apparent magnitude of 5.94. 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.

Reticulum Mythology

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 in the southern hemisphere. It supposed to represent a Net, not the Internet.

Reticulum Facts

Is a Zodiac Sign No
Brightest StarAlpha Reticuli
Area113.936 sq. deg.
Percentage of Night Sky0.28%
Size Position82nd
Hemisphere Southern
Site Exoplanet Count11
Meteor Shower Count0
Nearest StarZeta Reticuli
Nearest Star with Exoplanet(s)HD 21693
Brightest StarAlpha Reticuli
Dimmest StarHD 28413
Furthest StarHIP 18598
Bright Star Count16
Hipparcos Star Count329
Main Star Count5
Messier Deep Space Object Count0
*Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count0
Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding ConstellationsHorologium

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

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