Lynx (The Lynx) Constellation
Lynx (pronounced ˈlɪŋks) is the Latin name of a large constellation (in fact it extends itself for about 41 degrees across the sky) situated north of the celestial equator. As such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere.
In English language this constellation is also known as "The Lynx" while in astronomical texts and literature this constellation is often abbreviated as "Lyn" (according to the standard of the International Astronomical Union - IAU) or as "Lync" (according to a naming convention used by NASA).
The Latin genitive of the constellation name is "Lyncis" (pronounced ˈlɪnsɪs) and it is used to identify some of the brightest stars in this constellation based on the Bayer or Flamsteed star naming convention. For instance: α Lyncis (the brightest star of Lynx based on the Bayer catalog); or 23 Lyncis (the 23th star in the constellation of Lynx based on the Flamsteed catalog).
Sky Chart of Lynx Constellation
Here we provide a simplified sky chart of the Lynx constellation. Alternatively it is possible to locate Lynx in the night sky using our Online Interactive Planetarium.
Visibility of Lynx Constellation
Lynx is circumpolar and transits at 23:44 UTC (altitude: 86.2°)
The rise and set times provided here are just directional indications and they refer to a point approximately placed at the center of the constellation. In case of very large constellations (like Lynx actually is) these times can have little relevance.
Bright Stars in Lynx Constellation
The table below lists the top 20 brightest stars in the Lynx constellation. See also the complete list of 99 stars brighter than magnitude 6.5 (approximate) in the constellation of Lynx. Click on each star to see more details about it.
|HR Number(*)||Star designation||Proper name||Visual magnitude||Color||Notes|
|...go to the complete list of 99 bright stars in the constellation of Lynx|
(*) HR stands for Harvard Revised Bright Star Catalogue, which is also known as the Yale Catalogue of Bright Stars.
Deep Sky Objects in Lynx Constellation
The table below lists the 20 brightest deep sky objects in the Lynx constellation. See also the complete list of 136 deep sky objects in the constellation of Lynx. The list includes objects from the Messier, New General Catalogue (NGC) and Index Catalogue (IC).