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.
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.
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.
|Is a Zodiac Sign||No|
|Largest Star||U Lacertae|
|Brightest Star||Alpha Lacertae|
|Area||200.688 sq. deg.|
|Percentage of Night Sky||0.49%|
|Site Exoplanet Count||3|
|Meteor Shower Count||3|
|Nearest Star||HIP 112460|
|Dimmest Star||HD 214878|
|Furthest Star||HIP 109105|
|Bright Star Count||36|
|Hipparcos Star Count||882|
|Main Star Count||9|
|Messier Deep Space Object Count||0|
|*Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count||0|
|Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding Constellations||Cepheus|
*Note: The number of Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count relates to how many are covered on this site not how many there are.
The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.
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.
|Star||Distance (Lt. Yrs.)||Declination||Right Ascension|
|1 Lacertae||621.26||+37d 44` 55.4||22h 15m 58.17|
|10 Lacertae||1725.73||+39d 03` 01.0||22h 39m 15.68|
|11 Lacertae||332.82||+44d 16` 34.6||22h 40m 30.78|
|12 Lacertae||1342.24||+40d 13` 31.7||22h 41m 28.65|
|13 Lacertae||256.62||+41d 49` 09.2||22h 44m 05.49|
|14 Lacertae||1136.46||+41d 57` 12.3||22h 50m 21.77|
|15 Lacertae||325.19||+43d 18` 44.5||22h 52m 01.95|
|16 Lacertae||1274.08||+41d 36` 14.0||22h 56m 23.63|
|2 Lacertae||554.70||+46d 32` 11.6||22h 21m 01.53|
|4 Lacertae||2249.40||+49d 28` 35.0||22h 24m 31.00|
|5 Lacertae||1647.29||+47d 42` 24.8||22h 29m 31.82|
|6 Lacertae||1716.65||+43d 07` 24.2||22h 30m 29.26|
|8 Lacerta||2160.02||+39d 38` 03.6||22h 35m 52.28|
|8 Lacerta B||+39d 37` 41.4||22h 35m 52.10|
|9 Lacertae||171.66||+51d 32` 43.3||22h 37m 22.47|
|Alpha Lacertae||102.60||+50d 16` 56.8||22h 31m 17.38|
|AR Lacertae||139.51||+45d 44` 31.7||22h 08m 40.86|
|Beta Lacertae||169.97||+52d 13` 46.2||22h 23m 33.64|
|CM Lacertae||741.28||+44d 33` 07.7||22h 00m 04.44|
|CO Lacertae||+56d 49` 31.6||22h 46m 30.00|
|EW Lacertae||821.57||+48d 41` 02.7||22h 57m 04.49|
|HK Lacertae||531.21||+47d 14` 04.2||22h 04m 56.56|
|HR 8421||994.40||+46d 44` 41.6||22h 05m 16.52|
|RR Lacertae||2090.79||+56d 25` 58.1||22h 41m 26.53|
|RT Lacertae||825.73||+43d 53` 25.5||22h 01m 30.69|
|S Lacertae||2740.87||+40d 18` 55.9||22h 29m 00.91|
|SW Lacertae||236.52||+37d 56` 18.5||22h 53m 41.59|
|U Lacertae||2886.40||+55d 09` 30.3||22h 47m 43.43|
|V Lacertae||+56d 19` 17.6||22h 48m 38.00|
|V350 Lacertae||362.81||+49d 21` 23.3||22h 30m 06.53|
|V364 Lacertae||1405.88||+38d 44` 44.7||22h 52m 14.80|
|V377 Lacertae||994.40||+40d 10` 02.6||22h 53m 11.37|
|V399 Lacertae||6795.07||+53 d 18` 26.8||22h 07m 25.59|
|V405 Lacertae||555.64||+42d 04` 41.4||22h 21m 50.86|
|V416 Lacertae||451.12||+56d 47` 44.6||22h 38m 37.87|
|V424 Lacertae||1598.84||+49d 44` 00.8||22h 56m 26.00|
|X Lacertae||3882.90||+56d 25` 41.5||22h 49m 03.18|
|Y Lacertae||+51 d 02` 45.1||22h 09m 02.90|
|Z Lacertae||1734.91||+56d 49` 46.1||22h 40m 52.15|
|A||White 7,500 - 10,000k||332|
|K||Light Orange Star 3,700 - 5,200k||187|
|B||Blue-White 10,500 - 30,000k||137|
|F||Yellow-White 6,000 - 7,500k||83|
|G||Yellow 5,200 - 6,000k||60|
|M||Red Dwarf Star <3,700k||25|
|O||Blue Star >33,000k||2|
|Ib||Less Luminous Supergiant||9|
|Iab||Intermediate Luminous Supergiant||4|
|N||N-Type Carbon Star||3|
|R||R-Type Carbon Star||2|