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Lepus
Lepus
List of stars in Lepus
Abbreviation Lep
Genitive Leporis
Pronunciation /ˈliːpəs/, or colloquially /ˈlɛpəs/; genitive /ˈlɛpərɨs/
Symbolism the Hare
Right ascension 6 h
Declination −20°
Family Orion
Quadrant NQ2
Area 290 sq. deg. (51st)
Main stars 8
Bayer/Flamsteed
stars
20
Stars with
known planets
1
Stars brighter than 3m 2
Stars within 10 pc (32.6 ly) 3
Brightest star α Lep (Arneb) (2.58m)
Nearest star Gliese 229
(18.83 ly, 5.77 pc)
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 lying just south of the celestial equator. Its name is Latin for hare. Lepus was one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy, and it remains one of the 88 modern constellations. It is located below the constellation Orion (the hunter), and is sometimes represented as a hare being chased by Orion.

This constellation should not be confused with Lupus, the wolf.

Contents

Asterism

Chiefly stars of this constellation (α, β, γ, δ Lep) formed quadrilateral and known as ‘Arsh al-Jawzā', "the Throne of Jawzā'" or Kursiyy al-Jawzā' al-Mu'akhkhar, "the Hindmost Chair of Jawzā'" and al-Nihāl, "the Camels Quenching Their Thirst" in Arabic.

Notable features

There is one Messier Object in Lepus, M79. This is a faint globular cluster with a magnitude of around 8m.56.

References

  1. ^ Unique Details Of Double Star In Orion Nebula And Star T Leporis Captured By 'Virtual' Telescope. ScienceDaily. Retrieved February 19, 2009, /releases/2009/02/090218103517.htm
  • 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 Ther Derivations. Cambridge (USA): Sky Publishing Corp..  
  • Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion (2007). Stars and Planets Guide, Collins, London. ISBN 978-0007251209. Princeton University Press, Princeton. ISBN 978-0691135564.

External links

Coordinates: Sky map 06h 00m 00s, −20° 00′ 00″

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