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Reticulum – The Net

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

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

Symbolism: Reticulum is also known as ‘The Net’



History & Mythology

Reticulum is one of the smallest constellations in the southern sky, shaped like a Diamond. The stars in the constellation were first grouped together in 1621 by German astronomer Isaac Habrecht. The constellation was given its final name in the 1750’s by French astronomer Nicolas Louis De Lacaille. Reticulum’s most notable attractions is its double star Zeta Reticuli.  

Key Data

Bordering Constellations: Reticulum is bordered by constellations Hydrus, Horologium & Dorado.

Sky Chart #: 2.

Star Raking: 82nd largest constellation in the celestial sphere. 

Main Stars: Reticulum consists of 4 main stars.

Brightest Star: Alpha Reticuli.


Kids Fun Facts Corner

# 1. Reticulum has 7 stars with planets.

# 2. Reticulum has 2 Deep-Sky Objects. NGC 1313 & NGC 1559.

# 3. Alpha Reticuli is the brightest star in Reticulum.


Q&A Corner

Q. What is Reticulum also known as?

Q. How many main stars does Reticulum have?

Q. What is the brightest star in Reticulum?

Q. How many stars have planets in Reticulum?

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

Download questions about the Reticulum Constellation here: Reticulum 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 Reticulum Constellation visit


  Key Vocabulary Constellation. Star. Celestial. Sphere.


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