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Reticulum 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 6 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site.

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

Is a Zodiac Sign No
Brightest StarAlpha Reticuli
Area113.936 sq. deg.
Percentage of Night Sky0.28%
Size Position82nd
Hemisphere Southern
Site Exoplanet Count6
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

*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.

List of Stars with Exoplanets in Reticulum

StarDistance (Lt. Yrs.)Exoplanet CountDeclinationRight Ascension
HD 21693105.622-58d 19` 26.103h 27m 12.20
HD 23079110.531-52d 54` 56.203h 39m 43.28
HD 23127321.981-60d 04` 41.503h 39m 23.55
HD 25171179.311-65d 11` 12.703h 55m 49.24
HD 27894143.121-59d 24` 41.404h 20m 46.84

List of Named Stars in Reticulum 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
Alpha Reticuli161.63-62d 28` 26.304h 14m 25.43
Beta Reticuli97.39-64d 48` 25.503h 44m 11.55
Delta Reticuli526.07-61d 24` 00.503h 58m 44.74
Epsilon Reticuli59.49-59d 18` 06.304h 16m 29.08
Eta Reticuli384.63-63d 23` 12.504h 21m 53.22
Gamma Reticuli469.30-62d 09` 33.704h 00m 53.81
Iota Reticuli319.14-61d 04` 44.604h 01m 18.07
Kappa Reticuli70.72-62d 56` 18.403h 29m 22.19
R Reticuli2673.47-63d 01` 45.104h 33m 32.81
Theta Reticuli460.68-63d 15` 19.804h 17m 40.27
TT Reticuli411.82-60d 56` 54.804h 16m 20.92
Zeta Reticuli39.16-62d 34` 36.803h 17m 44.47
Zeta Reticuli B39.24-62d 30` 28.603h 18m 11.14

Reticulum Constellation's Star Breakdown

Type Breakdown

KLight Orange Star 3,700 - 5,200k110
FYellow-White 6,000 - 7,500k88
GYellow 5,200 - 6,000k64
AWhite 7,500 - 10,000k36
MRed Dwarf Star <3,700k18
BBlue-White 10,500 - 30,000k5

Size Breakdown

IIINormal Giant139
VMain Sequence107
IIBright Giant2

Breakdown of Dwarf Stars by Type

sdsd Type SubDwarf Star1

Breakdown of Carbon Stars by Type

SS-Type Carbon Star1

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