the Harp

A small but ancient constellation that is very easy to spot in the northern skies. Lyra contains the star Vega (the fifth brightest star in the night sky) and is one-third of the asterism known as the "Summer Triangle". Lyra represents the lyre or harp of the Greek musician Orpheus. Orpheus played the instrument so well he could tame wild beasts with its music, and even impressed the gods with his abilities. Lyra can be found high in the night sky, underneath the head of Draco, the dragon. The constellation is visible throughout the summer and well into the fall.