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Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders by Barbara Fritchman Thompson, Robert Bruce Thompson

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25Lacerta, The Lizard

NAME: Lacerta (lay-CERT-uh)

SEASON: Summer

CULMINATION: midnight, 28 August

ABBREVIATION: Lac

GENITIVE: Lacertae (lay-CERT-eye)

NEIGHBORS: And, Cas, Cep, Cyg, Peg

BINOCULAR OBJECTS: NGC 7209, NGC 7243

URBAN OBJECTS: NGC 7209, NGC 7243

Lacerta is a small, dim, inconspicuous mid-northerly constellation that has the misfortune to lie surrounded by the large, prominent constellations Andromeda, Cassiopeia, Cepheus, Cygnus, and Pegasus. Lacerta ranks 68th in size among the 88 constellations. It covers only 201 square degrees of the celestial sphere, or about 0.5%. Although its brightest star is only fourth magnitude, Lacerta presents a striking pattern once you know where to look for it. To us, the zig-zag pattern of Lacerta ...

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