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Constellation Lacerta (Lizard)

Constellation Lacerta (Lizard)

Northern hemisphere




The Lizard (lat. Lacerta) is a chain of inconspicuous stars in the northern hemisphere. Only one star is brighter than the fourth magnitude.

How to spot Lacerta

Supple as a lizard, the constellation winds in a zig-zag on a line and is particularly easy to spot in autumn. With its 201 square degrees it is located between the striking constellations Cygnus, Cassiopeia and Andromeda.


In 1687, the constellation of Lacerta was described for the first time. These records of star positions made by astronomer Johannes Hevel formed the basis for the 1690 Sky Atlas "Firmamentum Sobiescianum sive Uranographia".