Lynx – some highlights to see

Lynx is a very faint long constellation running from the triangle of Leo Minor to the top of Auriga.

One of the brightest spring galaxies is here,
NGC 2683 the “UFO galaxy” at +9.7, a bright edge on spiral some bright knots . Suitable with 8″ aperture.
NGC 2776, a spiral galaxy +11.6
NGC 2782, a spiral +11.6
NGC 2537,the “Bear’s Paw galaxy” named for the bright knots of that shape here, +11.7.

Globular cluster.
NGC 2419 is the “Galactic Wanderer”, the most distant and brightest globular cluster in our galaxy. It’s some 300,000 light years away. Nicely visible with 8″ aperture at the end of a chain of stars at +10.4. Once thought to be captured by our galaxy leading to the other name of “Intergalactic tramp”. Globular clusters are incredibly old composed of second generation stars formed in the early universe. They populate the halo around galaxies. We have about 150 which are best seen when we look out of our galaxy.

Nick

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