Norma (constellation)

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List of stars in Norma
Abbreviation: Nor
Genitive: Normae
Right ascension: 16.05 h
Declination: −52.01°
Area: 165 sq. deg. (74th)
Main stars: 2
Bayer/Flamsteed stars: 13
Stars known to have planets: 4
Bright stars: 0
Nearby stars: 0
Brightest star: γ2 Nor (4.01m)
Nearest star: HD 145417 ( ly)
Messier objects: 0
Meteor showers: Gamma Normids
Bordering constellations: Scorpius
Triangulum Australe
Visible at latitudes between +30° and −90°
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of July

The constellation Norma is a small group of stars in the southern hemisphere between Scorpius and Centaurus. Its name is Latin for normal and can mean a right angle. The constellation may be pictured as a ruler, a carpenter's square, a set square, or a level.

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The Milky Way passes through Norma.

Deep-sky objects[change | change source]

Because it is on the Milky Way, this constellation contains many deep sky objects. Galaxy NGC 6087 is a highly visible one.

Shapley 1 is a planetary nebula about 1,000 lightyears away from Earth.

References[change | change source]

  • Burnham, Robert Jr. (1966, 1978). Burnham's Celestial Handbook: An Observer's Guide to the Universe Beyond the Solar System, v.2. General Publishing Company, Ltd., Toronto. ISBN 0-486-23568-8.  Check date values in: |year= (help)
  • Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion (2007). Stars and Planets Guide, Collins, London. ISBN 978-0007251209. Princeton University Press, Princeton. ISBN 978-0691135564.

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