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Mensa – The Table Mountain

Mensa is one of the 88 constellations within the celestial sphere.

Mensa is one of the 29 constellations that represents an object.

Symbolism: Mensa is also known as ‘The Table Mountain’



History & Mythology

Faint and small, Mensa is known as the table mountain, that is placed near the south celestial pole. Brought into the celestial sphere by the French astronomer  Nicolas De Lacaille while observing the southern skies in the 1750’s. Named after the very famous table mountain in South Africa.

Key Data

Bordering Constellations: Mensa is bordered by constellations Volans, Chamaeleon, Octans, Dorado & Hydrus.

Sky Chart #: 2.

Star Raking: 75th largest constellation in the celestial sphere. 

Main Stars: Mensa consists of 4 main stars.

Brightest Star: Alpha Mensae.


Kids Fun Facts Corner

# 1. Mensa has 2 stars with planets.

# 2. Part of the Large Magellanic Cloud is located in Mensa.  

# 3. Alpha Mensae is the brightest star in Mensa.


Q&A Corner

Q. What is Mensa also known as?

Q. How many main stars does Mensa have?

Q. What is the brightest star in Mensa?

Q. How many stars have planets in Mensa?

Q. What number star ranking is Mensa in the celestial sphere?

Download questions about the Mensa Constellation here: Mensa Constellation (answers are on this page)

Teachers. For more in depth work sheets on constellations. Click on Kidskonnect Worksheets  

For further reading and more information on the Mensa Constellation visit

  Key Vocabulary Constellation. Star. Celestial. Sphere.


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