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 10.4) NGC 2683 (mag 9.7)
38-Lyn (mag 3.9) NGC 2549 (mag 11.1)
10-UMa (mag 4.0) NGC 2832 (mag 11.5)
31-Lyn (mag 4.2) NGC 2782 (mag 11.5)
15-Lyn (mag 4.4) NGC 2776 (mag 11.6)
UZ Lyn (mag 4.5) NGC 2500 (mag 11.6)
HD 77912 (mag 4.5) NGC 2537 (mag 11.7)
21-Lyn (mag 4.6) NGC 2541 (mag 11.8)
27-Lyn (mag 4.8) NGC 2273 (mag 12.0)
HD 82741 (mag 4.8) NGC 2770 (mag 12.0)
16-Lyn (mag 4.9) NGC 2712 (mag 12.0)
24-Lyn (mag 5.0) NGC 2344 (mag 12.1)
HD 56169 (mag 5.0) NGC 2552 (mag 12.2)
UW Lyn (mag 5.0) NGC 2798 (mag 12.3)
35-Lyn (mag 5.2) NGC 2415 (mag 12.4)
HD 62647 (mag 5.2) NGC 2532 (mag 12.4)
18-Lyn (mag 5.2) NGC 2424 (mag 12.6)
5-Lyn (mag 5.2) NGC 2444 (mag 12.9)
42-Lyn (mag 5.3) NGC 2844 (mag 12.9)
36-Lyn (mag 5.3) IC 2166 (mag 13.0)
HD 61931 (mag 5.3) IC 2233 (mag 13.0)
13-Lyn (mag 5.3) NGC 2528 (mag 13.0)
34-Lyn (mag 5.4) NGC 2649 (mag 13.0)
22-Lyn (mag 5.4) NGC 2476 (mag 13.0)
14-Lyn (mag 5.4) NGC 2493 (mag 13.0)

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39.04°N
77.49°W
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