English Name: The Lizard
Hemisphere: Northern Hemisphere
Location: Between the constellations of Cassiopeia and Cygnus.
Visible between latitudes: +90 and -35 degrees
Best season: October
Seen in three seasons: Summer, Autumn and Winter
Best seen in: May and February
Seen between: October
Right Ascension (RA): 22 hour
Declination (DEC): -45 degrees
Area (square degrees): 201 (68th)
Lacerta (The Lizard)
- A small faint constellation, sometimes referred to as “Little Cassiopeia”.
- Lacerta is typical of Milky Way constellations: no bright galaxies, either no globular clusters, but instead open clusters, for example NGC 7243, the faint planetary nebula IC 5271 and quite a few double stars.
- No Messier objects in Lacerta.
Features of Interest
- NGC 7243 – Open Cluster, also known as Caldwell 16 (C16); visible in small telescopes; few dozen “scattered” stars, the brightest of which are of the 8th magnitude, near Alpha Lacertae.
- Alpha Lacertae – blue-white hued; magnitude of +3.8.
- Beta Lacertae – far dimmer; yellow giant of magnitude +4.4.
- Photo of the constellation; Lacerta, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart – Lacerta
- List of stars in Lacerta.
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