Alpha Lyncis

40 Lyncis

Proper NameNone
Bayer DesignationAlpha Lyncis
Flamsteed Number40 Lyncis
BSC3705
HD80493
ConstellationLynx
Right Ascension9h 21m 3s
Declination+34° 23' 33"
Distance222 light years
68 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +3.2 to +3.3
Absolute: -0.9 (variable)
Spectral ClassM0 Red Giant
Optimum VisibilityFebruary/March

The constellation of Lynx was originally part of the larger Ursa Major - when this rather faint group was given its own region of the sky, it was left with almost no bright stars. Hence, Alpha Lyncis is the only star in the constellation to have a Bayer designation.

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