The Constellation Directory


"The Lynx"


By IAU and Sky & Telescope magazine (Roger Sinnott & Rick Fienberg) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Abbreviation: Lyn
Genitive: Lyncis
Constellation family: Ursa Major
Nearest constellations: Auriga, Camelopardalis, Cancer, Gemini, Leo, Leo Minor, and Ursa Major
Right ascension: 8.03h
Declination: 45.32°
Visible between latitudes: +90° and -35°
Square degrees: 545
Luminary: Alpha Lyncis
Named stars: Alsciaukat
Notable deep sky objects: NGC 2419


Lynx is a faint constellation in the Northern Hemisphere. It is best viewed in March.

Lynx was originally created by Johannes Hevelius in 1690. It appears as a bumpy line in the night sky and does not directly outline the shape of a lynx, which is a wild cat that lives in North America, Europe, and Asia.


There is no mythology associated with this constellation.