The Constellation Lynx

by Dominic Ford
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The constellation Lynx. Roll mouse over to see labels.
Source: Stellarium.

Lynx is a faint northern constellation which encompasses a large but dark area of sky between Ursa Major and Auriga. It is highest in the midnight sky in the months around January, but has only one star brighter than third magnitude.

Lying away from the plane of the Milky Way, it also lacks any bright deep sky offerings.

Its creator, the Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius, prided himself on his acute vision. The French astronomer Pierre Gassendi once wrote that perhaps Hevelius had introduced the constellation to demonstrate that he had the ‘eyes of a lynx’.

Date First Appeared
1687 (Hevelius)
Sky Area
1.3% of the sky
545.4 square degrees
Messier Objects
Lynx contains no Messier objects
Caldwell Objects
Lynx contains the following Caldwell object: C25.
Neighbors
The following constellations neighbor Lynx: Auriga, Camelopardalis, Cancer, Gemini, Leo, Leo Minor, Ursa Major.
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Brightest Objects in Lynx

Stars Open Clusters Globular Clusters Galaxies
Stars Open Clusters Globular Clusters Galaxies
α-Lyn (mag 3.1) NGC 2419 (mag 10.1) NGC 2315 (mag 0.0)
38-Lyn (mag 3.9) NGC 2337 (mag 0.0)
10-UMa (mag 4.0) NGC 2463 (mag 0.0)
31-Lyn (mag 4.2) NGC 2521 (mag 0.0)
15-Lyn (mag 4.4) NGC 2778 (mag 0.0)
UZ Lyn (mag 4.5) NGC 2823 (mag 0.0)
HD 77912 (mag 4.5) NGC 2853 (mag 0.0)
21-Lyn (mag 4.6) IC 465 (mag 0.0)
27-Lyn (mag 4.8) IC 2385 (mag 0.0)
HD 82741 (mag 4.8) NGC 2322 (mag 0.0)
16-Lyn (mag 4.9) NGC 2456 (mag 0.0)
24-Lyn (mag 5.0) NGC 2469 (mag 0.0)
HD 56169 (mag 5.0) NGC 2495 (mag 0.0)
UW Lyn (mag 5.0) NGC 2649 (mag 0.0)
35-Lyn (mag 5.2) NGC 2746 (mag 0.0)
HD 62647 (mag 5.2) NGC 2827 (mag 0.0)
18-Lyn (mag 5.2) NGC 2838 (mag 0.0)
5-Lyn (mag 5.2) IC 458 (mag 0.0)
42-Lyn (mag 5.3) IC 527 (mag 0.0)
36-Lyn (mag 5.3) IC 2405 (mag 0.0)
HD 61931 (mag 5.3) NGC 2429 (mag 0.0)
13-Lyn (mag 5.3) NGC 2461 (mag 0.0)
34-Lyn (mag 5.4) NGC 2475 (mag 0.0)
22-Lyn (mag 5.4) NGC 2505 (mag 0.0)
14-Lyn (mag 5.4) NGC 2770 (mag 0.0)

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39.04°N
77.49°W
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