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Mensa (The Table Mountain) Constellation

Mensa (pronounced ˈmɛnsə) is the Latin name of a constellation situated close to the southern celestial pole. As such, it is easilty visible for most part of the year from the southern hemisphere.

In English language this constellation is also known as "The Table Mountain" while in astronomical texts and literature this constellation is often abbreviated as "Men" (according to the standard of the International Astronomical Union - IAU) or as "Mens" (according to a naming convention used by NASA).

The Latin genitive of the constellation name is "Mensae" (pronounced ˈmɛnsiː) and it is used to identify some of the brightest stars in this constellation based on the Bayer or Flamsteed star naming convention. For instance: α Mensae (the brightest star of Mensa based on the Bayer catalog); or 23 Mensae (the 23th star in the constellation of Mensa based on the Flamsteed catalog).

Mensa is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
Available Resources for Mensa

Sky Chart of Mensa Constellation

Here we provide a simplified sky chart of the Mensa constellation. Alternatively it is possible to locate Mensa in the night sky using our Online Interactive Planetarium.

Chart of  constellation
This constellation image is derivatve work based on original work by IAU and Sky & Telescope magazine (Roger Sinnott & Rick Fienberg) CC-BY-3.0.

Visibility of Mensa Constellation

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Mensa is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

The rise and set times provided here are just directional indications and they refer to a point approximately placed at the center of the constellation. In case of very large constellations these times can have little relevance.

Bright Stars in Mensa Constellation

The table below lists the top 20 brightest stars in the Mensa constellation. See also the complete list of 26 stars brighter than magnitude 6.5 (approximate) in the constellation of Mensa. Click on each star to see more details about it.

HR Number(*) Star designation Proper name Visual magnitude Color Notes
HR2261 α Mensae 5.09
HR1953 γ Mensae 5.19 Double;
HR1677 β Mensae 5.31
HR2689 θ Mensae 5.45
HR1629 η Mensae 5.47
HR2125 κ Mensae 5.47
HR2919 ε Mensae 5.53
HR1541 μ Mensae 5.54
HR2559 ζ Mensae 5.64
HR2022 π Mensae 5.65
HR1426 δ Mensae 5.69 Variable;
HR1109 5.7
HR1964 5.78 Variable;
HR1456 ν Mensae 5.79
HR1716 ξ Mensae 5.85
HR1531 6.05
HR1991 ι Mensae 6.05 Variable;
HR2059 6.2 Variable;
HR1700 6.27
HR1606 6.28
...go to the complete list of 26 bright stars in the constellation of Mensa

(*) HR stands for Harvard Revised Bright Star Catalogue, which is also known as the Yale Catalogue of Bright Stars.

Deep Sky Objects in Mensa Constellation

The table below lists the 20 brightest deep sky objects in the Mensa constellation. See also the complete list of 85 deep sky objects in the constellation of Mensa. The list includes objects from the Messier, New General Catalogue (NGC) and Index Catalogue (IC).

Name Type Magnitude
NGC 1848 Open Cluster 9.73 (V)
NGC 1845 Association of Stars 10.2 (V)
NGC 2122 Star Cluster + Nebula 10.43 (V)
NGC 2103 HII Ionized region 10.82 (V)
NGC 2031 Globular Cluster 10.83 (V)
NGC 2019 Globular Cluster 10.86 (V)
NGC 2018 HII Ionized region 10.89 (V)
NGC 2025 Open Cluster 10.94 (V)
NGC 2134 Globular Cluster 11.05 (B)
NGC 1986 Globular Cluster 11.07 (V)
NGC 1711 Globular Cluster 11.1 (V)
NGC 2065 Open Cluster 11.24 (V)
NGC 2203 Globular Cluster 11.29 (V)
NGC 1841 Globular Cluster 11.43 (V)
NGC 2075 Star Cluster + Nebula 11.47 (V)
NGC 2107 Open Cluster 11.51 (V)
NGC 1754 Globular Cluster 11.57 (V)
NGC 2051 Open Cluster 11.69 (V)
NGC 2010 Open Cluster 11.72 (V)
NGC 2056 Open Cluster 11.77 (V)
...go to the complete list of 85 deep sky objects in the constellation of Mensa