The Level

Abbreviation: Nor
Genitive: Normae

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French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille travelled to South Africa in the mid-eighteenth century where he constructed an observatory and spent two years observing the southern skies. Not only did he catalogue nearly 10,000 southern stars, he also surveyed 42 'nebulous' objects and devised over a dozen new constellations. One of those constellations was Norma, the draughtsman's level or set square. It was originally called Norma et Regula, the level and square.

Notable Features

Designation Name Description
C89 S Normae Cluster This faint open cluster contains the Cepheid variable star S Nor.