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Lynx – The Lynx

Lynx is one of the 88 constellations within the celestial sphere.

Lynx is one of the 42 constellations that represents an animal.

Symbolism: Lynx is also known as ‘The Lynx’



History & Mythology

Discovered in 1678 by the Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius, this northern constellation is wedged between constellations Auriga & Ursa Major. Representing a Lynx, the stars wrap around from the animals nose down to its tail. Named the Lynx by its discoverer because only people with cats eye vision would be able to see it.

Key Data

Bordering Constellations: Lynx is bordered by Ursa Major, Leo, Leo Minor, Cancer, AurigaCamelopardalis.

Sky Chart #: 6.

Star Raking: 28th largest constellation in the celestial sphere. 

Main Stars: Lynx consists of 4 main stars.

Brightest Star: Alpha Lyncis.


Kids Fun Facts Corner

# 1. Lynx has 6 stars with planets.

# 2. The Lynx arc is a vast arc is light 12 billion light years away.

# 3. Alpha Lyncis is the brightest star in Lynx.


Q&A Corner

Q. What is Lynx also known as?

Q. How many main stars are in Lynx?

Q. What is the brightest star in Lynx?

Q. How many stars have planets in Lynx?

Q. What number star ranking is Lynx in the celestial sphere?

Download questions about the Lynx Constellation here: Lynx Constellation (answers are on this page)

Teachers. For more in depth work sheets on constellations. Click on Kidskonnect Worksheets  

For further reading and more information on the Lynx Constellation visit


  Key Vocabulary Constellation. Star. Celestial. Sphere.


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