The Carpenter`s Square

Norma Constellation

Origin of the Constellation

Norma is another one of the constellations invented by by Abbe Nicholas Louis de Lacaille who mapped the stars of the southern hemisphere from the Cape of Good Hope in the years from 1751 to 1753.

De La Caille named this constellation "Norma et Regula," that is, "The Square and Ruler", but now the constellation is usually referred to as just Norma. Like most of the other constellations invented by De La Caille, Norma is quite dim. The brightest stars in Norma are of fourth magnitude.  


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Professor Emeritus
Dept. of Physics, Astronomy, and Engineering Science,
St. Cloud State University,St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498

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