Constellation Lynx


The Lynx is a constellation of the northern hemisphere and covers an area of 545 square degrees. Despite the size, it is not very noticeable because it does not contain bright stars.

How to spot Lynx

Lynx is located between the Big Dipper, the Giraffe, the Gemini and the Cancer. Above the 50th degree of latitude, the constellation can be seen all year round. With a telescope, it is much easier to see than with the naked eye.


That's why it was not recognized until the mid-17th century, when humanity began to use telescopes for the astronomical observation of the sky. Johannes Hevel, the then mayor of Danzig, was the first astronomer to study the constellation Lynx. Because one must have "eyes like a lynx" to recognize the constellation, he named it after the animal. It was not until 1690 that the constellation was included in an official star chart.