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Lynx Constellation

Lynx (Pronounciation:Links, Abbrev:Lyn, Latin:Lyncis) is a constellation, one of 88 constellations that the night sky is divided into. The sky is not divided up equally between the constellations. Lynx takes up 545.386 sq. degrees of the night sky which equates to 1.32% of the night sky. The constellation gets its name as it name means The Lynx . It was not one of the original constellations that had been devised by Ptolemy, instead it was created by Johannes Hevelius years later.

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

The brightest star in Lynx is Alpha Lyncis. There are 1 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site.

Lynx Star and Deep Space Object Count

The number of stars that have been catalogued as part of the Hipparcos Star Catalogue from Lynx is 1565. The number of stars that are of magnitude 6.0 or lower in the constellation is 60. The number of stars in the constellation that make up the outline is 8.

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 38956 which is roughly about 28.1 Light Years from the Earth. The nearest star to the Earth with an exoplanet is 6 Lyncis which is about 182.01 Light Years. The furthest star that can be located in the constellation is HIP 36580 which is located about 163082 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 Lynx with the naked eye is HD 75556. The dim star has an apparent magnitude of 5.98. 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.

Meteor Showers

There are 13 Meteor Showers that occur during the year within this constellation based on information gathered from Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland). The ones listed as the ones I've been able to find a date range for. For others if you have the time, you can visit the AMU site, obtains the SL value then use IMO tables to calculate the date. A lot of the Meteor Showers are weak and you need to do a lot of stargazing to spot them.

NameActivityPeak ActivityClosest Star
March Lyncids25 Jan- 15 May07-Mar

Lynx Facts


NameLynx
AbbreviationLyn
Is a Zodiac Sign No
Brightest StarAlpha Lyncis
Area545.386 sq. deg.
Percentage of Night Sky1.32%
Size Position28th
Hemisphere Northern
Site Exoplanet Count1
Meteor Shower Count13
Nearest StarHIP 38956
Nearest Star with Exoplanet(s)6 Lyncis
Dimmest StarHD 75556
Furthest StarHIP 36580
Bright Star Count60
Hipparcos Star Count1565
Main Star Count8
Messier Deep Space Object Count0
*Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count0
Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding ConstellationsCassiopeia
Andromeda
Triangulum
Aries
Taurus
Auriga
Camelopardalis

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


Lynx Constellation Map


Lynx Constellation Star Map

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

List of Stars with Exoplanets in Lynx


StarDistance (Lt. Yrs.)Exoplanet CountDeclinationRight Ascension
HD 75898247.091+33d 03` 24.808h 53m 50.87

List of Named Stars in Lynx 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 Lyncis638.28+61d 30` 55.106h 17m 54.83
10 Ursae Majoris52.41+41d 47` 00.409h 00m 38.75
11 Lyncis331.80+56d 51` 27.006h 37m 38.40
12 Lyncis214.72+59d 26` 30.106h 46m 14.15
13 Lyncis210.97+57d 10` 09.406h 46m 49.49
14 Lyncis486.81+59d 26` 55.206h 53m 05.06
15 Lyncis178.33+58d 25` 23.006h 57m 16.60
16 Lyncis240.89+45d 05` 38.806h 57m 37.12
17 Lyncis460.68+60d 47` 31.907h 09m 37.78
18 Lyncis199.00+59d 38` 17.107h 15m 55.02
19 Lyncis+55d 17` 03.807h 22m 50.85
19 Lyncis B+55d 16` 53.307h 22m 52.06
19 Ursae Majoris424.14+34d 38` 00.209h 15m 14.36
2 Lyncis156.58+59d 00` 39.306h 19m 37.39
20 Lyncis+50 d 08 ` 52.107h 22m 13.63
21 Lyncis273.63+49d 12` 41.907h 26m 42.86
22 Lyncis66.01+49d 40` 21.607h 29m 55.86
23 Lyncis698.42+57d 04` 58.407h 40m 49.56
24 Lyncis266.91+58d 42` 37.807h 43m 00.46
25 Lyncis805.34+47d 23` 09.507h 54m 29.28
26 Lyncis840.63+47d 33` 52.507h 54m 42.74
27 Lyncis250.13+51d 30` 24.008h 08m 27.50
28 Lyncis630.88+43d 15` 37.608h 07m 09.95
29 Lyncis299.51+59d 34` 16.108h 17m 50.42
3 Lyncis214.86+61d 45` 37.006h 22m 08.10
30 Lyncis105.52+57d 44` 35.708h 20m 26.00
32 Lyncis120.98+36d 26` 11.108h 33m 21.84
33 Lyncis354.91+36d 25` 11.008h 34m 43.90
34 Lyncis180.30+45d 50` 01.608h 41m 01.05
35 Lyncis264.96+43d 43` 35.408h 51m 56.84
36 Lyncis581.40+43d 13` 04.509h 13m 48.23
38 Lyncis124.82+36d 48` 10.409h 18m 50.67
4 Lyncis496.44+59d 22` 19.606h 22m 03.56
42 Lyncis122.57+40d 14` 23.209h 38m 21.79
43 Lyncis347.35+39d 45` 28.709h 42m 00.38
44 Camelopardalis312.42+58d 55` 07.507h 18m 36.25
45 Camelopardalis282.88+59d 07` 32.707h 19m 12.11
46 Camelopardalis1812.02+59d 15` 10.607h 19m 52.84
48 Camelopardalis896.05+59d 33` 47.907h 39m 58.61
5 Leonis Minoris92.48+33d 17` 06.908h 50m 32.27
5 Lyncis626.03+58d 25` 02.706h 26m 48.88
50 Camelopardalis739.60+50d 26` 01.907h 44m 04.19
52 Camelopardalis939.95+56d 30` 16.207h 56m 26.72
54 Camelopardalis342.25+57d 16` 25.608h 02m 35.82
6 Lyncis182.01+58d 09` 48.406h 30m 47.14
7 Lyncis964.98+55d 21` 10.906h 34m 32.80
8 Lyncis 169.79+61d 28` 54.806h 37m 41.64
Alpha Lyncis203.09+34d 23` 33.109h 21m 03.46
Alsciaukat382.37+43d 11` 18.108h 22m 50.13
BE Lyncis7248.07+46d 09` 11.309h 18m 17.17
CC Lyncis458.74+43d 01` 51.907h 35m 56.00
CY Lyncis787.83+35d 32` 18.008h 53m 55.70
DU Lyncis433.15+37d 31` 02.507h 46m 39.26
R Lyncis+55d 19` 49.807h 01m 18.01
RR Lyncis244.50+56d 17` 06.206h 26m 25.86
SW Lyncis1221.59+41d 48` 02.108h 07m 41.59
SZ Lyncis3261.63+44d 28` 17.808h 09m 35.76
UY Lyncis723.20+51d 25` 43.407h 13m 23.39
Y Lyncis825.73+45d 59` 26.307h 28m 11.62

Lynx Constellation's Star Breakdown


Type Breakdown


TypeDescriptionCount
FYellow-White 6,000 - 7,500k477
KLight Orange Star 3,700 - 5,200k411
GYellow 5,200 - 6,000k338
AWhite 7,500 - 10,000k206
MRed Dwarf Star <3,700k61
BBlue-White 10,500 - 30,000k19

Size Breakdown


TypeDescriptionCount
IIINormal Giant111
VMain Sequence80
IVSubgiant26
IIBright Giant3
IbLess Luminous Supergiant2
DDwarf Star1

Breakdown of Dwarf Stars by Type


TypeDescriptionCount
sdsd Type SubDwarf Star4

Breakdown of Carbon Stars by Type


TypeDescriptionCount
SS-Type Carbon Star5
RR-Type Carbon Star1
NN-Type Carbon Star1


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