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Norma
Constellation
Abbreviation Nor
Genitive Normae
Pronunciation how to say: /ˈnɔrmə/, genitive /ˈnɔrmiː/
Symbolism the Normal
Right ascension 16.05
Declination −52.01
Quadrant SQ3
Area 165 sq. deg. (74th)
Main stars 2
Bayer/Flamsteed
stars
13
Stars with planets 4
Stars brighter than 3.00m 0
Stars within 10.00 pc (32.62 ly) 0
Brightest star γ2 Nor (4.01m)
Nearest star HD 145417
(44.83 ly, 13.75 pc)
Messier objects 0
Meteor showers Gamma Normids
Bordering
constellations
Scorpius
Lupus
Circinus
Triangulum Australe
Ara
Visible at latitudes between +30° and −90°.
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of July.
Ant Nebula
The Ant Nebula, Mz 3, viewed with the Hubble Space Telescope
View Towards the Great Attractor
Galaxies of the Norma Cluster (yellow) in a 0.5° x 0.5° field

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.

Notable features

Stars

The Milky Way passes through Norma.

Deep-sky objects

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.

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