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BSL Astronomy Glossary - lyra - definition

Definition: A constellation is a group of stars and Lyra is a constellation that looks a little bit like a harp. Lyra can be found in the night sky by first locating the Summer Triangle. The Summer Triangle is seen in the summer, low on the horizon, to the south and is made up of the three bright stars, Deneb in the constellation of Cygnus, Altair in the constellation of Aquila and Vega in the constellation of Lyra, as shown in the video. Vega is the brightest star in Lyra and when imaginary lines and an artist’s impression are added, it is easier to imagine why, long ago, people thought this constellation resembled a harp.