Reticulum


Reticulum


English nameReticle

Major
stars
alpha Reticulimagn. 3,4RA: 04h 14m 25.49sDec: -62 28' 25.7"

DescriptionSmall and weak constellation to the west of Dorado.

It doesn't contain any remarkable objects, apart zeta Reticuli, near the border with Horologium, a couple of yellow stars similar to our Sun and 40 light-years away.


Mythology
and history
The constellation was drawn by Nicolas Louis de La Caille in 1756. It represents an instrument used to measure the position of the stars.

Reticulum took the place of a precedent constellation called Rhombus, which was invented by the German astronomer Isaac Habrecht in 1621.


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