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The Lyre (a stringed musical instrument), a small northern constellation (see illustration). It is marked by the fifth brightest star in the sky, Vega. In Greek mythology, the god Mercury made the first lyre by placing strings across a turtleshell. The constellation commemorates the lyre that the god Apollo gave to Orpheus, a gifted musician who used it to induce Pluto to release Orpheus's wife, Eurydice, from the underworld. Orpheus, warned not to look backward while liberating Eurydice, could not help himself from doing so, and lost her again. See also: Vega
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