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The Lyre

Constellation of the northern sky

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Constellation FamilyHercules
Celestial QuadrantNQ4
Right Ascension18h14 to 19h28
Declination+25.7° to +47.7°
Area (sq deg)286
Brightest StarVega
Optimum VisibilityJuly
NotesA relatively small but distinctive constellation of the northern summer sky, lying westward of the prominent cross shape of Cygnus. Vega, one of the brightest stars in the sky, falls within the boundaries of Lyra, while the unmistakable shape of the Ring Nebula can be found southward of Vega between the stars Sheliak and Sulafat.
Map of Lyra Map of Lyra

A small, but nonetheless prominent, northern constellation centred around the brilliant star Vega, and containing the famous Ring Nebula.


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