Lyra Belacqua a.k.a. Lyra Silvertongue is the heroine in the trilogy His Dark Materials.  Our Lyra is our heroine as well!  We read, or rather listened to, the trilogy together and fell in love with the girl who saves the world.  This is rather fitting seeing as my husband's all time favorite trilogy is Star Wars, which as we all know, is based on the one who can bring balance to the force


Lyrics | Kate Bush - Lyra lyrics

Lyra is also our shining star and rightly so has her own constellation and boasts of Vega one of the brightest stars of the night sky.

The Harp of Heaven
"For a little constellation, Lyra has big ideas! It has the commanding star of the summer sky, Vega, fifth brightest of all stars. It has a wondrous deep-sky object, M57, the Ring Nebula. It has its own meteor shower, the Lyrids which can be observed between April 20-22 each year."

The Summer Triangle
The group of stars in the heavens known as the Summer Triangle is visible all winter long, as well as high in the sky throughout the summer. Go out just after sunset, face southwest, and look straight up into the indigo sky. You will see three bright stars forming an isosceles triangle. This triangle consists of the constellations Lyra, the Harp, with Vega as its most prominent star; Aquila, the Eagle, Altair being its first magnitude star, and Cygnus, the Swan, Deneb its brightest star. Altair is the apex of this isosceles triangle, with Deneb and Vega forming the base.

Of course Lyra has to have her own place in Mythology as well!

"In Greek mythology, Lyra was associated with the myth of Orpheus, the musician who was killed by the Bacchantes. After his death, his lyre was thrown into the river; Zeus sent an eagle to retrieve the lyre, and ordered both of them to be placed in the sky."