Constellation guide to the 88 official constellations which divide up the sky. These constellations are used to help navigate the celestial sphere. The Constellations are patterns in the sky which have been to invented and have deep mythology behind them. Constellations cover massive areas in the sky and as such are very easy to find.
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It is so named because it is a relatively faint constellation, and one would supposedly need the eyes of a lynx to see it.
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Since Lynx is a particularly faint constellation, and was not recognised before the 17th century, it has no pre 17th century mythology associated with it. Johannes Hevelius is said to have named the constellation lynx because only the lynx-eyed (or those of good sight) would have been able to recognise it. Hevelius only mapped the constellation, which is little more than a few dim stars zig zagging in a line, because he wanted to fill the open gap between the constellations Ursa Major and Auriga.
Notable Objects in Lynx
Lynx's most notable deep sky object is NGC 2419, also called the "Intergalactic Wanderer" as it was assumed to lie outside the Milky Way.
Photos of Lynx
I have no photos of Lynx yet.
Northern Circumpolar Constellations
These constellations can be viewed all year round in the Northern hemisphere as they move in a counterclockwise direction around the north celestial pole without setting or dipping below the horizon.
Northern Spring Constellations
These Northern constellations are best viewed around the spring months. The rest of the year the constellation will not rise during the night.
Northern Autumn Constellations
These Northern constellations are best viewed around the autumn months. The rest of the year the constellation will not rise during the night.
Last updated on: Wednesday 24th January 2018
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