Lacerta

A Cluster In The Night Sky: Lacerta

One can see many stars in the night sky when they look up. But only a few can see the constellations and make them out with the help of the telescope. The outer space is quite vast with many things in it such as stars, planets, meteors, etc. There are only 88 constellations that are known to mankind, and there are many more that are yet to be found and named. One of the constellations that are known is the Lacerta. It ranks ion the 68th position among the 88 constellations.

About the Outer Space.

The outer space is very vast and humongous. There are only certain things that can be seen by the human eyes as well as the telescope. Luckily the various constellations can be with the help of the telescope. These constellations have been of great help for many years now such as in navigation, telling the time, etc. There are different types of telescopes that are used to see different types of constellations. The ones that are further away can be seen easily through the high power telescope. For most of the constellation, they can be only seen very clearly at a certain season or a certain span of months. Lacerta is one of the many constellations that can be seen in the sky.

About Lacerta

Each cluster of stars has a story to tell as to why they came about that name or what shape they take in. The Lacerta constellation is ranked in the 68th position among the 88 constellations. Here are a few facts about this constellation that a person needs to know about.

 

  • Location: The particular cluster is located in the Northern sky between the Andromeda and Cygnus.

 

  • Name: The constellation gets its name from the Latin word called lizard which when translated gives the constellation’s name. It is also referred to as the little Cassiopeia because of the certain W shapes star which resembles the larger Cassiopeia. It also has another name that is not quite popular, and it is called as the constellation an alternative name, Stellio, after a type of lizard known as a starred agama. This name was not as popular as people preferred the other name over this one.

 

  • Shape: The shape of this constellation resembling that of a lizard it also has a W shaped star which resembles the larger Cassiopeia.

 

  • Story: This particular constellation is one of the few that do not have any myth that is related to the Greek and Roman gods. In the 17th century, this constellation was found by the Polish astronomer. It was discovered by the Johannes Hevelius, a polish astronomer who found this star after and gave its name.

 

  • Family: The particular cluster belongs to the Perseus family of constellations along with the various other stars that are part of this family.

 

Compared to the other constellations this particular one is quite small, but it shines quite brightly in the dark.

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