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Lacerta Constellation

Lacerta (Pronounciation:Lac-er-ta, Abbrev:Lac, Latin:Lacertae) is a constellation, one of 88 constellations that the night sky is divided into. The sky is not divided up equally between the constellations. Lacerta takes up 200.688 sq. degrees of the night sky which equates to 0.49% of the night sky. The constellation gets its name as it name means The Lizard . It was not one of the original constellations that had been devised by Ptolemy, instead it was created by Johannes Hevelius years later.

Lacerta is not a member of the Zodiac group of twelve constellations that appear when the Sun sets. Lacerta is a northern hemispheric constellation which means it can't be seen easily or at all from the southern hemisphere.

The brightest star in Lacerta is Alpha Lacertae. There are 3 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site. The current largest star so far identified in the constellation of Lacerta is U Lacertae.

Lacerta Star and Deep Space Object Count

The number of stars that have been catalogued as part of the Hipparcos Star Catalogue from Lacerta is 882. The number of stars that are of magnitude 6.0 or lower in the constellation is 36. The number of stars in the constellation that make up the outline is 9.

There are no deep space objects that were identified by Charles Messier in this constellation. There are no non-Messier deep space objects in this constellation that are covered at present on this site.

Stars of Interest

The nearest star to Earth is HIP 112460 which is roughly about 16.71 Light Years from the Earth. The furthest star that can be located in the constellation is HIP 109105 which is located about 163081.7 Light Years away from the Sun. The furthest figure is derived from either the 1997 or 2007 Hipparcos star catalogue parallax figure and it has been known to produce distances that are wrong.

The dimmest star that can be seen in Lacerta with the naked eye is HD 214878. The dim star has an apparent magnitude of 5.94. The dimmest star that a person is able to see with their naked eye is 6.0 magnitude based on the table in the reference. Ref: University of Michigan

The caveat of these stars are that they are catalogued on this site. If you know of a star that is nearer or further then do let me know in the comments and I'll add it to the site. The stars mentioned are from the Hipparcos catalogue or have been added because of their special status.

Created by Johannes Hevelius in around 1687 and recognised by the International Astronomical Union.

There are no major meteor showers that radiate from within this constellation.

Lacerta Facts

Is a Zodiac Sign No
Largest StarU Lacertae
Brightest StarAlpha Lacertae
Area200.688 sq. deg.
Percentage of Night Sky0.49%
Size Position68th
Hemisphere Northern
Site Exoplanet Count3
Meteor Shower Count3
Nearest StarHIP 112460
Dimmest StarHD 214878
Furthest StarHIP 109105
Bright Star Count36
Hipparcos Star Count882
Main Star Count9
Messier Deep Space Object Count0
*Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count0
Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding ConstellationsCepheus

*Note: The number of Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count relates to how many are covered on this site not how many there are.

Lacerta Constellation Map

Lacerta Constellation Star Map

The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.

List of Named Stars in Lacerta without Extrasolar Planets

As there's so many stars in the cosmos, not all the stars are listed here. The site has lots of stars not listed so if your star isn't listed and you know the Henry Draper or Hipparcos ID, type https://www.universeguide.com/star/ then followed by the HIPNNNNNN or HDNNNN where NNNNN is the number part of the name. The stars that I do list have either a traditional name, a bayer or other classification name.

StarDistance (Lt. Yrs.)DeclinationRight Ascension
1 Lacertae621.26+37d 44` 55.422h 15m 58.17
10 Lacertae1725.73+39d 03` 01.022h 39m 15.68
11 Lacertae332.82+44d 16` 34.622h 40m 30.78
12 Lacertae1342.24+40d 13` 31.722h 41m 28.65
13 Lacertae256.62+41d 49` 09.222h 44m 05.49
14 Lacertae1136.46+41d 57` 12.322h 50m 21.77
15 Lacertae325.19+43d 18` 44.522h 52m 01.95
16 Lacertae1274.08+41d 36` 14.022h 56m 23.63
2 Lacertae554.70+46d 32` 11.622h 21m 01.53
4 Lacertae2249.40+49d 28` 35.022h 24m 31.00
5 Lacertae1647.29+47d 42` 24.822h 29m 31.82
6 Lacertae1716.65+43d 07` 24.222h 30m 29.26
8 Lacerta2160.02+39d 38` 03.622h 35m 52.28
8 Lacerta B+39d 37` 41.422h 35m 52.10
9 Lacertae171.66+51d 32` 43.322h 37m 22.47
Alpha Lacertae102.60+50d 16` 56.822h 31m 17.38
AR Lacertae139.51+45d 44` 31.722h 08m 40.86
Beta Lacertae169.97+52d 13` 46.222h 23m 33.64
CM Lacertae741.28+44d 33` 07.722h 00m 04.44
CO Lacertae+56d 49` 31.622h 46m 30.00
EW Lacertae821.57+48d 41` 02.722h 57m 04.49
HK Lacertae531.21+47d 14` 04.222h 04m 56.56
HR 8421994.40+46d 44` 41.622h 05m 16.52
RR Lacertae2090.79+56d 25` 58.122h 41m 26.53
RT Lacertae825.73+43d 53` 25.522h 01m 30.69
S Lacertae2740.87+40d 18` 55.922h 29m 00.91
SW Lacertae236.52+37d 56` 18.522h 53m 41.59
U Lacertae2886.40+55d 09` 30.322h 47m 43.43
V Lacertae+56d 19` 17.622h 48m 38.00
V350 Lacertae362.81+49d 21` 23.322h 30m 06.53
V364 Lacertae1405.88+38d 44` 44.722h 52m 14.80
V377 Lacertae994.40+40d 10` 02.622h 53m 11.37
V399 Lacertae6795.07+53 d 18` 26.822h 07m 25.59
V405 Lacertae555.64+42d 04` 41.422h 21m 50.86
V416 Lacertae451.12+56d 47` 44.622h 38m 37.87
V424 Lacertae1598.84+49d 44` 00.822h 56m 26.00
X Lacertae3882.90+56d 25` 41.522h 49m 03.18
Y Lacertae+51 d 02` 45.122h 09m 02.90
Z Lacertae1734.91+56d 49` 46.122h 40m 52.15

Lacerta Constellation's Star Breakdown

Type Breakdown

AWhite 7,500 - 10,000k332
KLight Orange Star 3,700 - 5,200k187
BBlue-White 10,500 - 30,000k137
FYellow-White 6,000 - 7,500k83
GYellow 5,200 - 6,000k60
MRed Dwarf Star <3,700k25
OBlue Star >33,000k2

Size Breakdown

VMain Sequence68
IIINormal Giant50
IbLess Luminous Supergiant9
IIBright Giant8
IabIntermediate Luminous Supergiant4
WWolf-Rayet Star1

Breakdown of Carbon Stars by Type

NN-Type Carbon Star3
RR-Type Carbon Star2

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