Lepus (constellation)

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Lepus
Lepus
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List of stars in Lepus
Abbreviation: Lep
Genitive: Leporis
Symbology:
Right ascension: 6 h
Declination: −20°
Area: 290 sq. deg. (51st)
Main stars: 8
Bayer/Flamsteed stars: 20
Stars known to have planets: 3
Bright stars: 2
Nearby stars: 3
Brightest star: α Lep (Arneb) (2.58m)
Nearest star: Gliese 229 ( ly)
Messier objects: 1
Meteor showers: None
Bordering constellations: Orion
Monoceros
Canis Major
Columba
Caelum
Eridanus
Visible at latitudes between +63° and −90°
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of January

Lepus is a constellation south of the celestial equator. Its name is Latin for hare. The hare is not from any figure in Greek mythology. Lepus was one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy. It is one of the 88 modern constellations. It is below the constellation Orion (the hunter). It is known as a hare being chased by Orion.[1]

This constellation should not be mixed up with Lupus, the wolf.

Notable features[change | change source]

The constellation Lepus as it can be seen by the naked eye.

Deep-sky objects[change | change source]

There is one Messier Object in Lepus, M79. It is a globular cluster of magnitude 8.0, 42,000 light-years from Earth. It is one of the few globular clusters seen in the Northern Hemisphere winter.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Skys & Telescope: March 2008", Southern Hemisphere Highlights: by Shermend

Further reading[change | change source]

  • Allen, R. H. (1899). Star-names and Their Meanings. New York: G. E. Stechart.
  • Kunitzsch, P.; Smart T. (2006). A Dictionary of Modern Star Names: A Short Guide to 254 Star Names and Their Derivations. Cambridge (USA): Sky Publishing Corp..
  • Levy, David H. (2005). Deep Sky Objects. Prometheus Books. ISBN 1-59102-361-0.
  • Ridpath, Ian; Tirion, Wil (2001), Stars and Planets Guide, Princeton University Press, ISBN 0-691-08913-2
  • Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion (2007). Stars and Planets Guide, Collins, London. ISBN 978-0-00-725120-9. Princeton University Press, Princeton. ISBN 978-0-691-13556-4.

Other websites[change | change source]

The star T Leporis as seen with VLTI.
Credit: ESO/J.-B. Le Bouquin et al.