Mensa, the Table, among the very dimmest of constellations, lies to the south of the Large Magellanic Cloud, the faint smudge toward top center, which is a satellite galaxy to ours located 170,000 light years away. Alpha Mensae is the modestly bright star midway from center to the left edge. Volans is to the left, Hydrus to the right. Photo by Greg Dimijian.

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Mensa has a star with an orbiting PLANET or brown dwarf.

By Jim Kaler. Return to STARS.