RBA's Astrophotography

Lyra: One million stars... and one ring

Posted: June 15th, 2011

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Here's the constellation Lyra. And yes, there's over 1 million individual stars in the image (from an automated count on the uncompressed image). Unfortunately you won't be able to split many stars in the image, but with a bit of effort and knowing where to look, you'd be able to "see" the famous Ring nebula!

The brightest star in the image is Vega, the fifth brightest star in the night sky and the second brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere, with a 0.03 magnitude. It's also one of the vertexes of the famous Summer Triangle asterism.

Here's a small version with the Lyra asterism and star names:

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