English Name: The Lynx
Hemisphere: Northern Hemisphere
Location: Between the constellations of Ursa Major and Gemini.
Visible between latitudes: +90 and -35 degrees
Best season: Spring
Seen in three seasons: Winter, Spring and Summer.
Best seen in: March
Seen between: Last week in February / March
Right Ascension (RA): 08 hour
Declination (DEC): +45 degrees
Area (square degrees): 545 (52nd)
Lynx (The Lynx)
- One of the hardest constellations to find because of a dim with only one bright star at magnitude +3.1; in good dark-sky conditions, naked-eye observers will see little more than its brightest star, Lyncis.
- Other stars are faint, but there are numerous double stars and triples stars to attract telescope users.
- No Messier Objects in Lynx.
Features of Interest
- NGC 2683 – Almost edge-on magnitude +10.0 spiral galaxy just near the border of the constellation of Cancer (The Crab); Dust in the spiral arms is visible.
- NGC 2419 – Globular Cluster; Through a 10 inch telescope (250mm) or large telescope, it appears as a fuzzy knot of light.
- Alsciaukat (Alpha Elvashak)
- Photo of the constellation; Lynx, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart – Lynx
- List of stars in Lynx.
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