Lyra (The Lyre) Constellation
Lyra (pronounced ˈlaɪrə) is the Latin name of a constellation 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 Lyre" while in astronomical texts and literature this constellation is often abbreviated as "Lyr" (according to the standard of the International Astronomical Union - IAU) or as "Lyra" (according to a naming convention used by NASA).
The Latin genitive of the constellation name is "Lyrae" (pronounced ˈlaɪriː) 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 Lyrae (the brightest star of Lyra based on the Bayer catalog); or 23 Lyrae (the 23th star in the constellation of Lyra based on the Flamsteed catalog).
Sky Chart of Lyra Constellation
Here we provide a simplified sky chart of the Lyra constellation. Alternatively it is possible to locate Lyra in the night sky using our Online Interactive Planetarium.
Visibility of Lyra Constellation
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Today's Lyra rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):
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 these times can have little relevance.
Bright Stars in Lyra Constellation
The table below lists the top 20 brightest stars in the Lyra constellation. See also the complete list of 80 stars brighter than magnitude 6.5 (approximate) in the constellation of Lyra. Click on each star to see more details about it.
|HR Number(*)||Star designation||Proper name||Visual magnitude||Color||Notes|
|HR7001||α Lyrae||Vega||0.03||⬤||Variable; Multiple;|
|HR7178||γ Lyrae||Sulafat||3.24||⬤||Variable; Multiple;|
|HR7106||β Lyrae||Sheliak||3.45||⬤||Variable; Multiple;|
|HR7139||δ2 Lyrae||4.3||⬤||Variable; Multiple;|
|HR7056||ζ1 Lyrae||4.36||⬤||Variable; Multiple;|
|HR7314||θ Lyrae||4.36||⬤||Variable; Multiple;|
|HR7298||η Lyrae||Aladfar||4.39||⬤||Variable; Multiple;|
|HR7215||16 Lyrae||5.01||⬤||Variable; Multiple;|
|HR7054||ε2 Lyrae||5.37||⬤||Variable; Multiple;|
|...go to the complete list of 80 bright stars in the constellation of Lyra|
(*) HR stands for Harvard Revised Bright Star Catalogue, which is also known as the Yale Catalogue of Bright Stars.
Deep Sky Objects in Lyra Constellation
The table below lists the 20 brightest deep sky objects in the Lyra constellation. See also the complete list of 42 deep sky objects in the constellation of Lyra. The list includes objects from the Messier, New General Catalogue (NGC) and Index Catalogue (IC).