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Abbreviation:  Lac
English Name:  The Lizard
Genitive: Lacertae
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.

Messier Objects

  • 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.

Named Stars

  • 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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