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42 Lyncis

Altitude: 16.6°   Azimuth: 315.0°   Direction: North-West

42 Lyncis is a hypergiant star in the constellation of Lynx.

42 Lyncis visual magnitude is 5.25. Because of its reltive faintness, 42 Lyncis should be visible only from locations with dark skyes, while it is not visible at all from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about 42 Lyncis:


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

Altitude: 16.6°
Azimuth: 315.0°
Direction: North-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 42 Lyncis

42 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 42 Lyncis are provided in the following table:

09h 38m 21s
+40° 14’ 22”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 42 Lyncis in the sky:

Finder chart 42 Lyncis star
Simplified finder chart for 42 Lyncis.

Visibility of 42 Lyncis from your location

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

42 Lyncis is circumpolar and transits at 09:26 UTC (altitude: 78.8°)

Digitized Sky Survey image of 42 Lyncis

The image below is a photograph of 42 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 42 Lyncis is -0.017 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.006 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 42 Lyncis star
DSS2 image of 42 Lyncis. The red arrow shows the motion of 42 Lyncis during the next 10000 years (-2.83 arcmin in Right Ascension and 1.00 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 42 Lyncis from the Sun and relative movement

42 Lyncis is distant 125.14 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 3 kilometers per second.

38.39 pc
125.14 ly
-3 km/s
-0.017 arcsec/year
0.006 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 42 Lyncis

42 Lyncis belongs to spectral class F0 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a hypergiant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 42 Lyncis is situated in the Hertzsprungā€“Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 42 Lyncis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of 42 Lyncis