Also in Lyra

The bright star Vega is probably the most famous object in the summer constellation Lyra. The second best known object in Lyra, and a favorite of backyard astronomers, would be the Ring Nebula. But I always like a good globular cluster, and M56 is a third object in Lyra you shouldn’t overlook. At magnitude 8.3, it’s not the brightest cluster around. But under dark skies it still makes for very nice viewing.

There are several options for star-hopping to M56. The one I usually use is to follow a line of three stars, nearly parallel to the “bottom” two stars of Lyra, and to take a turn east at the third star in that line. But with the other stars in the area, there may be another path that works better for you.

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