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What is the Lacerta constellation?

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The Lacerta constellation was invented by Johannes Hevelius during the 17th century. It is known for the five stars that make a "W" shape. The Milky Way flows through part of this constellation, and the Lacerta, or lizard, is a faint constellation located between Cygnus and Andromeda.

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What is the Lacerta constellation?
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This constellation was first spotted by the ancient Greeks, who deemed the constellation too small to become an official constellation. The Lacerta constellation is made of the stars beta, alpha, 5, 4, and 2 Lacertae. The stars in the constellation are too small to have individual names and are collectively known by their Bayer or Flamsteed designation.

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