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ori.gif (1448 bytes) Mythology and history

Mythology of Lynx

        Lynx or the lynx. The constellation was designed by Johannes Hevelius in 1687, it is a very poor zone in stars and there for that reason Hevelius gave east name him since to see is necessary it to have eyes of lynx of the lynx name, Lynx.


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           Lynx, is a boreal constellation that crosses the parallel of 50º of very poor North star latitude and practically nothing interesting to observe. It is formed by very weak stars and therefore, it is necessary to have lynx eyes to detect it. He is observable in the North hemisphere during the months of August until May and for the inhabitants of the South hemisphere solely during the austral summer closely together of the horizon. 

  Lynx limits the north with Camelopardalis, to the east with Auriga, to the south with the constellations of Gemini and Cancer and to the west with Leo Minor and the Great Bear (Ursa Major).

             Lynx I located the April 17th, 1982 at the age of 14 years from the locality of Inca, Majorca, Spain to it. 

Constelación de Lynx


Main stars

       Alpha, a; of 3.13 magnitude and color orange one is located in the Eastern end of the constellation closely together of the constellation of I read Minor. Dista 222 years Earth light and is a giant 200 times more shining than the Sun.

      27 Lyncis; of 4.80 magnitude and white. Dista 218 years light and is 45 times more shining than the Sun.

 Other objects

           NGC 2683, galaxy of the Sb type of magnitude 9.80 located to the south of the constellation closely together of the limit with Cancer. It has a diameter of 9'x2'.    



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                To date observations by telescope have not been made  although he is observable from I write these lines to you, Majorca, Spain, although I do not discard to be able to make observations by telescope.


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