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12 Lyncis

Altitude: 58.0°   Azimuth: 306.8°   Direction: North-West

12 Lyncis is a multiple main-sequence star in the constellation of Lynx.

12 Lyncis visual magnitude is 4.87. Because of its moderate brightness, 12 Lyncis should be easily visible from locations with dark skyes, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about 12 Lyncis:


12 Lyncis is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 58.0°
Azimuth: 306.8°
Direction: North-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 12 Lyncis

12 Lyncis is situated north of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of 12 Lyncis are provided in the following table:

06h 46m 14s
+59° 26’ 30”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 12 Lyncis in the sky:

Finder chart 12 Lyncis star
Simplified finder chart for 12 Lyncis.

Visibility of 12 Lyncis from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

12 Lyncis is circumpolar and transits at 02:15 UTC (altitude: 82.0°)

Digitized Sky Survey image of 12 Lyncis

The image below is a photograph of 12 Lyncis from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS2 - see the credits section) taken in the red channel. The area of sky represented in the image is 0.5x0.5 degrees (30x30 arcmins). The proper motion of 12 Lyncis is -0.023 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.002 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 12 Lyncis star
DSS2 image of 12 Lyncis. The red arrow shows the motion of 12 Lyncis during the next 10000 years (-3.83 arcmin in Right Ascension and -0.33 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 12 Lyncis from the Sun and relative movement

12 Lyncis is distant 228.61 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 3 kilometers per second.

70.13 pc
228.61 ly
-3 km/s
-0.023 arcsec/year
-0.002 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 12 Lyncis

12 Lyncis belongs to spectral class A3 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 12 Lyncis is situated in the Hertzsprungā€“Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 12 Lyncis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

12 Lyncis star system properties

12 Lyncis is a visual double star which can be observed with the help of medium or large telescopes. The table below shows key information about the 12 Lyncis double sysyem:

1.7 arcsec

Alternative designations of 12 Lyncis