Norma: The Square


Norma, The Square

Norma as depicted by its creator, Nicolas Louis de La Caille.

Norma Constellation Profile
Abbreviation: Nor Genitive: Normae Origin: Lacaille
Location: Southern Hemisphere Size/Area: 165 sq. deg. Size Rank: 74
On Meridian: 9pm July 5th Best View (North): Spring Best View (South):
Bordering Constellations: Triangulum Australe, Ara, Scorpius, Lupus, Circinus


The Myth Behind the Constellation Norma

l’Equerre et la Regle, “the Square and Rule”, is how Nicolas-Louis de La Caille introduced the constellation Norma, “the square”, to the world.  He depicted it as a draughtsman’s set-square and ruler.  The name was translated to Latin and shortened to Norma for his posthumously published Coelum Australe Stelliferum.

Norma Constellation Points of Interest

Interesting stars and objects.

Bright Stars in Norma

These are no stars in Norma with a magnitude of 3.0 or brighter.