Lacerta: The Lizard


Lacerta, The Lizard

Lacerta from Celestial Atlas by Alexander Jamieson (1822). Source image courtesy the US Naval Observatory.

Lacerta Constellation Profile
Abbreviation: Lac Genitive: Lacertae Origin: Hevelius
Location: Northern Hemisphere Size/Area: 201 sq. deg. Size Rank: 68
On Meridian: 9pm October 10th Best View (North): Autumn Best View (South):
Bordering Constellations: Cepheus, Cygnus, Pegasus, Andromeda, Cassiopeia


The Myth Behind the Constellation Lacerta

Lacerta, “The Lizard” was a creation of Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius.  It first appeared on his 1690 star atlas Firmamentum Sobiescianum.  Lacerta is one of seven constellations he created that are still in use today.

Lacerta Constellation Points of Interest

Interesting stars and objects.

Bright Stars in Lacerta

There are no stars in Lacerta with a magnitude of 3.0 or brighter.