Lyra (the lyre) is a small, bright constellation in the northern hemisphere. The brightest star in Lyra is Vega (meaning "falling eagle") which has a white-pale blue color and is the fifth brightest star in the sky.
Lyra (IPA: , ) is one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy, and is one of the 88 modern constellations recognized by the International Astronomical Union. Lyra is a small constellation, but its principal star, Vega, is one of the brightest in the sky. Vega forms a vertex of the Summer Triangle asterism.