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Mensa
 

Abbreviation: Men
Genitive: Mensae
Translation: The Table Mountain

Position in the Sky
Right Ascension: 5 hours
Declination: -80 degrees
Visible between latitudes 0 and -90 degrees
Best seen in January (at 9:00 PM)
Mensa was named by Abbé Nicolas Louis de Lacaille. The original name, Mons Mensa, after the table mountain near de Lacaille's observatory in Cape Town, was officially shortened when the International Astronomical Union (IAU) accepted the 88 constellations that exist today.