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Zodiac: Gemini
May 22 - Jun 21
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Lyra (Lyre)

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).
Neighboring constellations are Hercules, Vulpecula, Cygnus, and Draco.
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Latin name:  Lyra (Lyr)
English name:  Lyre
Abbreviation:  Lyr
Zodiac:  Constellation does not belong to the zodiac.
Brightest star:  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.
M57 (NGC 6720, Ring Nebula)
The ring nebula in Lyra.
Image credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA).

M56 (NGC 6779)
M56 is a globular cluster in Lyra. Its distance from earth is roughly 32,900 light years.
Image credit: NASA/STScI/WikiSky

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