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Lynx, The Lynx Constellation Facts and Mythology

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 8 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.

The distance to Lynx is not calculable because all the stars that make up the constellation are at various distances. The best answer for distance to Lynx is to calculate the average distance of the stars.

There are 4 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site. There is a dedicated page for exoplanets in Lynx. For a list of named stars, that is stars that don't start HD or HIP, please visit Lynx Star List Page.

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.

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, 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, 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.

Alpha Lyncis, Brightest Star in Lynx

The brightest star in Lynx is Alpha Lyncis and is located about 52.38 light years from the Sun. The star has a apparent magnitude of 3.14 but an absolute magnitude of -0.83 when the star is viewed from a distance of 10 Parsecs or 32.6 Light Years. The star is recognised as being the brightest in the constellation as it has the Bayer status of Alpha.

HD 75556, 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.

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  

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 Count8
Messier Deep Space Object Count0
*Non-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 Billion LY+37d 53` 17.24107h 44m 17m 4700

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