Lynx Constellation

Lynx Constellation — Lynx is a constellation of the northern hemisphere, introduced in the 17th century by Johannes Hevelius.

Its name originates from the fact that someone would need the eyes of a lynx to see it. Its most notable deep sky object is the Intergalactic Tramp NGC 2419, a globular cluster that is the most distant known of its kind.

It is moving faster than escape velocity at that distance; however, it appears to be in a long elliptical orbit around our galaxy, the Milky Way, and is thus not expected to escape.

The constellation runs sort of diagonally from its southeastern corner at 9 hours 23 minutes Right Ascension and north 33 degrees Declination to its northwestern corner at 6 hours 18 minutes R.A. and north 62 degrees Dec.

Working clockwise, Lynx is bordered by Camelopardalis to the north, Auriga to the west, Gemini and Cancer to the south, followed by Leo Minor and Ursa Major to the east.

The brightest stars in Lynx are Alpha Lyncis, a K5 spectral class 3.13 magnitude star, 31 Lyncis; Alsciaukat a 4.24 mag. K5 spec. and 38 Lyncis a 3.93 mag. A2 spec.

The remaining stars that make up Lynx are a dim 4.50 to 5.50 magnitude and only dark clear skies will make them comfortably visible with the naked eye.


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