Tuesday 19 September 2017 - 21:05:20 Posted by  Bobby

 Invention of Lynx

 The Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius, who invented this faint constellation in the 17th century, named it the Lynx because, he said, only the lynx-eyed would be able to spot it. It lies in the northern sky between Ursa Major and Auriga, and is surprisingly large - greater in area than Gemini, for example. Except in good dark-sky conditions, naked eye observers will see little more than its brightest star, Alpha Lyncis, magnitude 3.1. There are, however, numerous double stars to attract telescope users.

 The Facts

  • Depiction: The Lynx
  • Pronounced: LINKS
  • Genitive: Lyncis
  • Abbreviation: Lyn
  • Highest in the Sky: January to March
  • Size Ranking: 28th
  • Coverage Area: 545 Sq. Degrees
  • Right Acension: 8 hours
  • Declination: 45°
  • Visibility: 90°N to 26°S

 Notable Objects

  • NGC 2419: Intergalactic Wanderer
  • NGC 2549: Galaxy
  • NGC 2683: Spiral galaxy
  • NGC 2782: Spiral galaxy

 Best Viewed Objects/Stars

12 Lyncis

 A multiple star. Through a small telescope it appears double, with components of magnitudes 4.9 and 7.3. An aperture of 3 in (75 mm) or more reveals that the brighter star is a close pair of 5th- and 6th-magnitude stars that orbit each other every 900 years.

19 Lyncis

 An easily divided multiple star. A small telescope separates it into a double with components of magnitudes 5.8 and 6.9. Farther away, a third star of 8th magnitude should also be visible.

38 Lyncis

 A tight double star requiring a telescope of 3 in (75 mm) aperture to split it into components of magnitudes 3.9 and 6.3.

NGC 2419

 A globular cluster notable for it remoteness. At 300,000 light-years away, it is more distant than the Magellanic Clouds and so appear small and of only 10th magnitude.


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