Abbreviation:  Men
English Name:  The Table Mountain
Genitive: Alpha Mensae
Hemisphere:  Southern Hemisphere
Location: Between the constellations of Volans and Hydrus.
Visible between latitudes:  
+0 and -90 degrees
Best season: Winter
Seen in three seasons: Autumn, Winter & Spring
Best seen in:  January
Seen between: December and February
Right Ascension (RA):  05 hour
Declination (DEC):  -80 degrees
Area (square degrees):  153 (75th)

Mensa  (The Table Mountain)

  • A faintest of all the constellations near the South Celestial Pole (SCP) and only notable feature is the part of the Large Magellanic (LMC).
  • It has no bright stars – the brightest star is Alpha Mensae at barely visible magnitude +5.09, making it the faintest constellation in the sky.

Messier Objects

  • No Messier objects in Mensa.

Features of Interest

Named Stars

  • Alpha Mensae (Magnitude +5.09)


  • Photo of the constellation; Mensa, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
  • Sky Chart  –  Mensa
  • List of stars in Mensa.


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