Name a Star in the Lacerta Constellation

November 15, 2022

International Star Registry

NASA Image of Lacerta Constellation_International Star Registry

The lizard extends from the head of Cepheus to the star at the foot of Pegasus, its northern half lying in the Milky Way. The almost inconspicuous Lacerta constellation was created by Johannes Hevelius from outlying stars between Cygnus the swan and Andromeda the princess.

A minor meteor shower from Beta Lacertids can be seen in August and September.

Although it contains no outstanding bright objects on its own, Lacerta sits in one of the loveliest areas of the northern sky. It can be observed from throughout the northern hemisphere and as far south as northern Australia.

Lacerta is seated in the area of the celestial royal family. Its neighboring constellations are Andromeda, Cassiopeia, Cepheus, Cygnus and Pegasus.

Symbol: Lac
Right Ascension: 10:31
Declination: 46
Diameter (°): 11
Area (square °): 201
Opposition: Aug 29
Size Rank: 68th
Brightness Rank: 57th
Genitive: Lacertae

Major or notable stars in Lacerta
α Lacertae (Alpha Lacertae)
β Lacertae (Beta Lacertae)
EV Lacertae
Roe 47
ADS 16402

Deep Sky Objects in Lacerta
NGC 7243 (Caldwell 16)
BL Lacertae

Mythology of the Constellation Lacerta

At fewer than 400 years old, Lacerta the lizard is a relatively new constellation without many stories. The reason for the lizard shape was simply that no other shape could fit into the available space.

The celebrated set of astronomical cards, Urania’s Mirror, also featured Lacerta as one of the featured constellations. Urania’s Mirror was first published in 1824 and then updated in 1825. The cards were intended to be held overhead to assist in the location of the constellations at night.

Before being named by Hevelius, it was associated with a weasel, greyhound, newt and by the Chinese as the flying serpent. The native American Chumash people saw the constellation as a lizard as well.

  • Q. What is Alpha Lacertae?

  • A. Alpha Lacertae is a blue-white hued main-sequence star of magnitude 3.8, 102 light-years from Earth.
  • Q. Does Lacerta come from mythology?

  • A. The name Lacerta does not come from mythology.
  • Q. When and where is Lacerta best visible?

  • A. Lacerta constellation is best visible from the Northern hemisphere during the Fall.