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Lynx, The Lynx Constellation

Lynx Constellation Star Map

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. Lynx is the 28th largest in terms of size in the night sky.

The constellation 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.

There are 7 stars that make up the main constellation. The hipparcos satellite scanned and detailed 1565 stars. There are 60 stars that can be seen with the naked eye in the constellation on a very clear night sky.

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.

There are 4 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site. There is a dedicated page for exoplanets in Lynx.

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 image at the top right of this page was generated using Night Vision, a free to use and download application by Brian Simspon.

Distance to Lynx

You can't just go to one location and arrive at the constellation because the constellation is made up of stars at different locations and different distances. The nearest main star in the constellation is at a distance of 52.41 light years and the furthest main star is a distance of 382.37 light years. The average distance to the main stars is 195.89 light years.

Lynx Star Facts

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.

HIP 38956, Lynx's Nearest Star

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.

HIP 36580, Lynx's Furthest Star

The furthest star that is located in the constellation is HIP 36580 and it is 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.

HD 75556, Lynx's Dimmest Visible Star

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.

Lynx Mythology

Created by Johannes Hevelius in around 1687 and recognised by the International Astronomical Union. It is a faint constellation and not much in the way of interest that stands out.

How to Find and View Lynx in the Night Sky

Northern Hemisphere

The upper part of the Lynx can be seen all year from London. If you can find Ursa Major, it is just to the south east of the Great Bear. Bizaarely, the star "10 Ursae Majoris" is a major star of this constellation even though it indicates it shouldn't be. Anything south of 10 UMa is not visible from September to mid-November.

The star Wasp-11 which is the star and exoplanet that has been allocated to the UK is not visible throughout the year as it is "south" of 10 Uma. The more south you go the harder it will be to see the constellation because of its location in the skies.

Southern Hemisphere

The constellation is only visible from March to May and the whole constellation is never fully visible in Sydney. UZ Lyncis and 15 Lyncis are never visible Sydney for example. Alpha Lyncis is visible at certain parts of the year as it is at the other end of the constellation.

Meteor Showers Radiating from Lynx

There are 13 Meteor Showers that occur during the year within this constellation based on information gathered from Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland). The list below are major ones and which I have a date period for.

NameActivityPeak ActivityClosest Star
March Lyncids25 Jan- 15 May07-Mar  

List of Main Stars in Lynx

The following list contains the stars that make up the constellation. For a larger list of stars in the entire constellation area, please visit the For a list of named stars, that is stars that don't start HD or HIP, please visit Lynx Star List page.

NameBayerDistance (Lt.Yr.)Right AscensionDeclinationSpectral TypeColour
ElvashakAlpha Lyncis203.0909h 21m 03.46+34d 23` 33.1M0IIIvarRed
Alsciaukat382.3708h 22m 50.13+43d 11` 18.1K5IIIOrange
10 Ursae Majoris52.4109h 00m 38.75+41d 47` 00.4F5VYellow/White
2 Lyncis156.5806h 19m 37.39+59d 00` 39.3A2VsWhite
15 Lyncis178.3306h 57m 16.60+58d 25` 23.0G5III-IVYellow
21 Lyncis273.6307h 26m 42.86+49d 12` 41.9A1VWhite
38 Lyncis124.8209h 18m 50.67+36d 48` 10.4A1VWhite

Lynx Facts

Is a Zodiac Sign No
Brightest StarAlpha Lyncis
Area545.386 sq. deg.
Percentage of Night Sky1.32%
Size Position28th
Hemisphere Northern
Site Exoplanet Count4
Meteor Shower Count13
Nearest StarHIP 38956
Nearest Star with Exoplanet(s)6 Lyncis
Brightest StarAlpha Lyncis
Dimmest StarHD 75556
Furthest StarHIP 36580
Bright Star Count60
Hipparcos Star Count1565
Main Star Count7
Messier Deep Space Object Count0
Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding ConstellationsCassiopeia

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

List of Deep Space Objects (Galaxies, Nebulas, Supernovas, etc) in Lynx

NameTypeDistanceDeclinationRight Ascension
3c 186, Rogue Supermassive Black HoleQuasar8,000,000,000+37d 53` 17.24107h 44m 17m 4700
IC 2233Low Surface Brightness Galaxy40,000,000+45 44 31.7408 13 58m 909
NGC 2419Globular Cluster300,000 +38 52 54.907 38 08m 51
NGC 2500Barred Spiral Galaxy33,000,00050:44:148h 1h 53m 2
NGC 2537Interacting Galaxy+45 59 23.2508 13 14m 643
NGC 2683Active Galactic Nucleus+33 25 18.4808 52 41m 345
SN 2008DSupernova Remnant+33 08 20.1609 09 30m 625

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