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Alpha Lyncis

40 Lyncis

Proper NameNone
Bayer DesignationAlpha Lyncis
Flamsteed Number40 Lyncis
HR (BSC)3705
Right Ascension9h 21m 3s
Declination+34° 23' 33"
Distance203 light years
62 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +3.2 to +3.3
Absolute: -0.9 (variable)
Spectral ClassK7III Orange Giant
Optimum VisibilityFebruary / March
NotesEvolving towards a Mira Variable

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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