The Constellation Reticulum

by Dominic Ford
Reticulum Reticulum
The constellation Reticulum. Roll mouse over to see labels.
Source: Stellarium.

Reticulum is a small and faint southern constellation. It lies close to the south celestial pole and is circumpolar across much of the southern hemisphere, but appears highest in the evening sky in the months around November.

This constellation was named by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in 1756 to commemorate the reticle in the eyepiece of the telescope he used to measure star positions from the Cape of Good Hope in 1751–52.

Previously this sky area was known as ‘Rhombus’ – so called because its brightest stars lie in a diamond shape.

Reticulum contains only one third-magnitude star and no bright deep sky objects.

Date First Appeared
1756 (Lacaille)
Sky Area
0.3% of the sky
113.9 square degrees
Messier Objects
Reticulum contains no Messier objects
Caldwell Objects
Reticulum contains no Caldwell objects
The following constellations neighbor Reticulum: Dorado, Horologium, Hydrus.
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Brightest Objects in Reticulum

Stars Open Clusters Globular Clusters Galaxies
Stars Open Clusters Globular Clusters Galaxies
α-Ret (mag 3.3) NGC 1313 (mag 9.0)
β-Ret (mag 3.8) NGC 1559 (mag 10.5)
ε-Ret (mag 4.4) NGC 1574 (mag 10.5)
γ-Ret (mag 4.5) NGC 1543 (mag 10.6)
δ-Ret (mag 4.6) IC 2056 (mag 12.0)
κ-Ret (mag 4.7) NGC 1536 (mag 13.0)
ι-Ret (mag 5.0) IC 2034
ζ²-Ret (mag 5.2) NGC 1490
η-Ret (mag 5.2) NGC 1529
HD 27304 (mag 5.5) IC 1960
ζ¹-Ret (mag 5.5) IC 1982
HD 28732 (mag 5.7) IC 2010
HD 29399 (mag 5.8) IC 2024
HD 22252 (mag 5.8) IC 2037
HD 28413 (mag 5.9) IC 2060
θ-Ret (mag 6.0) NGC 1503
TT Ret (mag 6.4) NGC 1534
IC 1965
IC 1987
IC 2014
IC 2025
IC 2049
NGC 1463
NGC 1526
IC 1980




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