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Lyra (abbr. Lyr, gen. Lyrae)





The Lyre of Orpheus. Lyra is a small but bright northern constellation located between Cygnus to the east, Hercules to the south and west, and Draco to the north. Aside from its several star attractions, Lyra also boasts the most famous of planetary nebulae, the Ring Nebula, and M56 (NGC 6779), a globular cluster visible with binoculars (magnitude 8.2; diameter 7.1'; distance 45,000 light-years; R.A. 19h 16.6m, Dec. +30° 11'). See below for details of the constellation's brightest stars and interesting deep sky objects.


Lyra constellation
Lyra. © 2003 Torsten Bronger.
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Stars brighter than magnitude 4.0
Star Visual
mag.
Abs.
mag.
Spectral
type
Distance
(lt-yr)
R.A. (h m s) Dec. ( ° ' '' )
Alpha (Vega) 0.03 0.58 A0Va 25 18 36 56 +38 47 01
Gamma (Sulaphat) 3.25 -3.20 B9III 635 18 58 56 +32 41 22
Beta (Sheliak) 3.52 -3.64 B7Ve+A8p 882 18 50 05 +33 21 46
Epsilon 4.67 1.18   162    
   Epsilon1 4.67   A4V   18 44 20 +39 40 15
   Epsilon2 5.14   A8Vn   18 44 23 +39 36 46


Constellations
Andromeda | Antlia | Apus | Aquarius | Aquila | Ara | Aries | Auriga | Bootes | Caelum | Camelopardalis | Cancer | Canes Venatici | Canis Major | Canis Minor | Capricornus | Carina | Cassiopeia | Centaurus | Cepheus | Cetus | Chamaeleon | Circinus | Columba | Coma Berenices | Corona Austrina | Corona Borealis | Corvus | Crater | Crux | Cygnus | Delphinus | Dorado | Draco | Equuleus | Eridanus | Fornax | Gemini | Grus | Hercules | Horologium | Hydra | Hydrus | Indus | Lacerta | Leo | Leo Minor | Lepus | Libra | Lupus | Lynx | Lyra | Mensa | Microscopium | Monoceros | Musca | Norma | Octans | Ophiuchus | Orion | Pavo | Pegasus | Perseus | Phoenix | Pictor | Pisces | Piscis Austrinus | Puppis | Pyxis | Reticulum | Sagitta | Sagittarius | Scorpius | Sculptor | Scutum | Serpens | Sextans | Taurus | Telescopium | Triangulum | Triangulum Australe | Tucana | Ursa Major | Ursa Minor | Vela | Virgo | Volans | Vulpecula


Related categories

   • NOTABLE STARS
   • NEBULAE AND STAR CLUSTERS
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