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Reticulum, The Net Constellation

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. The constellation gets its name as it 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.

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 brightest star in Reticulum is Alpha Reticuli. There are 11 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site. There is a dedicated page for exoplanets in Reticulum. For a list of named stars, that is stars that don't start HD or HIP, please visit Reticulum Star List Page.

Reticulum Star and Deep Space Object Count

The number of stars that have been catalogued as part of the Hipparcos Star Catalogue from Reticulum is 329. 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 7.

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 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. The furthest star that can be located in the constellation is HIP 18598 which is located about 16308.17 Light Years away from the Sun.

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

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.

Reticulum Facts


NameReticulum
AbbreviationRet
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
Dimmest StarHD 28413
Furthest StarHIP 18598
Bright Star Count16
Hipparcos Star Count329
Main Star Count7
Messier Deep Space Object Count0
*Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count0
Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding ConstellationsHorologium
Hydrus
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.


Reticulum Constellation Map


Reticulum Constellation Star Map

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



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