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Lepus, The Hare Constellation

Lepus (Pronounciation:Lee-puss, Abbrev:Lep, Latin:Leporis) is a constellation, one of 88 constellations that the night sky is divided into. The sky is not divided up equally between the constellations. Lepus takes up 290.291 sq. degrees of the night sky which equates to 0.7% of the night sky. The constellation gets its name as it name means The Hare . The constellation is one of the original constellations that was devised by the Ancient Greco-Egyptian astronomer Ptolemy who lived between 90 A.D. and 168 A.D.

Lepus is not a member of the Zodiac group of twelve constellations that appear when the Sun sets. Lepus is a southern hemispheric constellation which means it can't be seen easily or at all from the northern hemisphere.

The brightest star in Lepus is Arneb. There are 10 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site. There is a dedicated page for exoplanets in Lepus. The current largest star so far identified in the constellation of Lepus is R Leporis. For a list of named stars, that is stars that don't start HD or HIP, please visit Lepus Star List Page.

Lepus Star and Deep Space Object Count

The number of stars that have been catalogued as part of the Hipparcos Star Catalogue from Lepus is 726. The number of stars that are of magnitude 6.0 or lower in the constellation is 45. The number of stars in the constellation that make up the outline is 11.

There are 1 deep space objects that were identified by Charles Messier in this constellation. There are no non-Messier deep space objects in this constellation that are covered at present on this site.

Stars of Interest

The nearest star to Earth is Gliese 229 which is roughly about 18.77 Light Years from the Earth. The nearest star to the Earth with an exoplanet is Gliese 229 which is about 18.77 Light Years. The furthest star that can be located in the constellation is HIP 28132 which is located about 65232.67 Light Years away from the Sun. The furthest figure is derived from either the 1997 or 2007 Hipparcos star catalogue parallax figure and it has been known to produce distances that are wrong.

The dimmest star that can be seen in Lepus with the naked eye is HD 33093. The dim star has an apparent magnitude of 5.97. The dimmest star that a person is able to see with their naked eye is 6.0 magnitude based on the table in the reference. Ref: University of Michigan

The caveat of these stars are that they are catalogued on this site. If you know of a star that is nearer or further then do let me know in the comments and I'll add it to the site. The stars mentioned are from the Hipparcos catalogue or have been added because of their special status.

There is no real mythological story behind it. It probably played a minor part in the Orion story hence its location.

There are no major meteor showers that radiate from within this constellation.

Lepus Facts

Is a Zodiac Sign No
Largest StarR Leporis
Brightest StarArneb
Area290.291 sq. deg.
Percentage of Night Sky0.7%
Size Position51st
Hemisphere Southern
Site Exoplanet Count10
Meteor Shower Count0
Nearest StarGliese 229
Nearest Star with Exoplanet(s)Gliese 229
Dimmest StarHD 33093
Furthest StarHIP 28132
Bright Star Count45
Hipparcos Star Count726
Main Star Count11
Messier Deep Space Object Count1
*Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count0
Canis Major

*Note: The number of Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count relates to how many are covered on this site not how many there are.

Lepus Constellation Map

Lepus Constellation Star Map

The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.

List of Deep Space Objects (Galaxies, Nebulas, Supernovas, etc) in Lepus

NameTypeDistanceDeclinationRight Ascension
Messier 79 (NGC1904)Globular Cluster41000-24:3305h 24m 5

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lilly evansMonday, 27th February 2017 6:33:27 PM
super cool it helped me with a project!