Abbreviation:  Lyr
English Name:  The Lynx
Genitive: Lyncis
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.

Messier Objects

  • 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.

Named Stars

  • 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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