Lacerta

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Abbreviation:  Lac
English Name:  The Lizard
Genitive: Lacertae
Hemisphere: Northern Hemisphere
Location: Between the constellations of Cassiopeia and Cygnus.
Visible between latitudes:  +90 and -35 degrees
Best season: October
Seen in three seasons: Summer, Autumn and Winter
Best seen in:  October
Seen between: May and February
Right Ascension (RA): 22 hour
Declination (DEC): +40 degrees
Area (square degrees):  201 square degrees (68th)

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Lacerta (The Lizard)

  • A small faint constellation, sometimes referred to as “Little Cassiopeia”.
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  • Lacerta is typical of Milky Way constellations: no bright galaxies, either no globular clusters, but instead open clusters, for example NGC 7243, the faint planetary nebula IC 5217 and quite a few double stars.

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Messier Objects in Lacerta

No Messier objects in Lacerta.
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More objects in Lacerta

Select CatalogNo of Objects
Barnard (B)1x object
Caldwell (C)1x object
Collinder (Cr)5x objects
New General Catalogue (NGC)26x objects
Index Catalogue (IC)12x objects
Sharpless (Sh2)1x object

Features of Interest

  • Sharpless 126 (Sh2-126) is a large emission nebula in Lacerta, which appears in this image as a red nebula. 

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Named Stars

  • Alpha Lacertae – blue-white hued; magnitude of +3.8.
  • Beta Lacertae – far dimmer; yellow giant of magnitude +4.4.
  • more list of stars in Lacerta.

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IAU Sky Chart: Lacerta


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Constellations – Visible from the UK

AndromedaAquariusAquilaAriesAuriga
BoötesCamelopardalisCancerCanes VenaticiCanis Major
Canis MinorCapricornusCassiopeiaCepheusComa Berenices
Corona BorealisCygnusDelphinusDracoEquuleus
GeminiHerculesLacertaLeoLeo Minor
LibraLynx LyraMonocerosOphiuchus
OrionPegasusPerseusPiscesSagitta
Serpens CaputSerpens CaudaSextansTaurusTriangulum
Ursa MajorUrsa MinorVirgoVulpecula
(44 constellations above are visible from the United Kingdom.)

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Parts visible from the UK

AntliaColumbaEridanusFornaxMicroscopium
Piscis AustrinusPuppisPyxisSagittariusScorpius
(10 constellations above are partially visible from the United Kingdom.)

(Only 10 of them even in part from the United Kingdom.)

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Constellations: Southern Celestial Hemisphere
…..never seen from the UK

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