The Constellation Directory


"The Carpenter's Square"


By IAU and Sky & Telescope magazine (Roger Sinnott & Rick Fienberg) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Abbreviation: Nor
Genitive: Normae
Constellation family: Lacaille
Nearest constellations: Ara, Circinus, Lupus, Scorpius, Triangulum Australe
Right ascension: 16.05h
Declination: -52.01°
Visible between latitudes: +30° and -90°
Square degrees: 165
Luminary: Gamma2 Normae
Notable deep sky objects: Menzel 3 (the Ant Nebula), Shapley 1 (the Fine Ring Nebula), NGC 6087


Norma is a small constellation in the Southern Hemisphere that is best seen in July. It was created by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille around 1750 and originally named Norma et Regula or "The Level and the Square."


There is no mythology associated with this constellation.