Lynx Constellation Myths and Facts

Lynx: The Lynx

Pronunciation: LINKS
Lynx, The Lynx
Lynx from Celestial Atlas by Alexander Jamieson (1822). Source image courtesy the US Naval Observatory.
Lynx Constellation Profile
Abbreviation: Lyn Genitive: Lyncis
Origin: Hevelius Location: Northern Hemisphere
Best View (North): Spring Best View (South):
Bordering Constellations: Ursa Major, Camelopardalis, Auriga, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Leo Minor

The Myth Behind the Constellation Lynx

Lynx is another modern constellation created by Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius in the late seventeenth century to fill in the unformed areas on his chart.  It represents a Lynx, a wild cat found in North America.  Being a newer constellation, Lynx has no Greek mythology associated to it.

Lynx Constellation Points of Interest

Interesting stars and objects.

Bright Stars in Lynx

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