Lyra is a rather small but very distinct constellation, which contains one of the brightest stars in the night sky: Vega.
This constellation belongs to the zodiac. Its time of the year is between and .
This constellation does not belong to the zodiac.
It's brightest star is Vega (α Lyrae).
Constellation does not belong to the zodiac.
Vega (α Lyrae)
The Lyre is a very old constellation. It remembers the
instrument Lyre that was invented by Hermes. While Lyra
is a rather small constellation, it is very distinct and
easy to recognize. Moreover, it contains the fifth brightest
star in the night sky: Vega
Together with the stars Deneb and Atair, Vega forms the
well-known summer triangle.
There are two meteor shower emerging from Lyra. The April Lyrids
reach their maximum around the 21st/22nd of April, with about 12 meteors
per hour. The June Lyrids reach their maximum around the 16th of June,
with abot eight meteors per hour.
One of the most famous ring nebulas, M57, can be found in Lyra.
M57 (NGC 6720) is a planetary nebula with a distance of about
4100 light years. It is located in between β Lyr and γ Lyr.
Its apparent diameter is larger than that of the planet Jupiter.
In telescopes, it appears as a fine ring of smoke. The green and bluish
colors of the nebula become apparent on photographs.
Objects in Lyre
A selection of interesting objects visible with a telescope.