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Lepus 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 6 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site. The current largest star so far identified in the constellation of Lepus is R Leporis.

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 65232.7 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 Count6
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 Stars with Exoplanets in Lepus

StarDistance (Lt. Yrs.)Exoplanet CountDeclinationRight Ascension
Gliese 22918.771-21d 51` 46.506h 10m 34.70
HD 31527125.793-23d 14` 31.904h 55m 38.42
HD 33142410.791-13d 59` 11.605h 07m 35.55
HD 33283307.121-26d 47` 50.505h 08m 00.98

List of Named Stars in Lepus without Extrasolar Planets

As there's so many stars in the cosmos, not all the stars are listed here. The site has lots of stars not listed so if your star isn't listed and you know the Henry Draper or Hipparcos ID, type https://www.universeguide.com/star/ then followed by the HIPNNNNNN or HDNNNN where NNNNN is the number part of the name. The stars that I do list have either a traditional name, a bayer or other classification name.

StarDistance (Lt. Yrs.)DeclinationRight Ascension
1 Leporis467.95-22d 47` 42.305h 02m 44.94
10 Leporis271.58-20d 51` 48.805h 31m 07.62
12 Leporis994.40-22d 22` 25.505h 42m 13.96
19 Leporis838.47-19d 09` 57.606h 07m 41.63
4 Monocerotis342.25-11d 08` 46.506h 08m 25.39
8 Leporis1647.29-13d 55` 38.505h 23m 30.16
Arneb2218.80-17d 49` 20.305h 32m 43.81
Delta Leporis113.73-20d 52` 39.005h 51m 19.15
Epsilon Leporis213.32-22d 22` 15.105h 05m 27.65
Eta Leporis48.53-14d 10` 04.905h 56m 24.32
Gamma Leporis29.12-22d 26` 51.005h 44m 27.97
Iota Leporis231.81-11d 52` 08.905h 12m 17.89
Kappa Leporis728.04-12d 56` 28.605h 13m 13.89
Lambda Leporis851.60-13d 10` 36.405h 19m 34.53
Neshmet185.95-16d 12` 19.505h 12m 55.87
Nihal160.36-20d 45` 33.205h 28m 14.73
Nu Leporis333.50-12d 18` 56.205h 19m 59.03
R Leporis1347.78-14d 48` 22.504h 59m 36.34
RX Leporis486.09-11d 50` 57.205h 11m 22.85
RY Leporis647.15-20d 01` 25.205h 48m 10.26
S Leporis662.93-24d 11` 43.906h 05m 45.54
SS Leporis908.53-16d 29` 03.906h 04m 59.13
T Leporis2673.47-21d 54` 16.205h 04m 50.84
Theta Leporis172.76-14d 56` 07.006h 06m 09.33
U Leporis1907.39-21d 13` 01.504h 56m 17.96
YY Leporis1254.47-21d 48` 44.206h 06m 57.52
Zeta Leporis70.48-14d 49` 19.005h 46m 57.35

Objects of Interest (Galaxies, Nebulas, Supernovas, etc) in Lepus

NameTypeDistanceDeclinationRight Ascension
M79 Globular ClusterGlobular Cluster41-24:3305h 24m 5

Lepus Constellation's Star Breakdown

Type Breakdown

KLight Orange Star 3,700 - 5,200k199
AWhite 7,500 - 10,000k176
FYellow-White 6,000 - 7,500k126
GYellow 5,200 - 6,000k100
BBlue-White 10,500 - 30,000k65
MRed Dwarf Star <3,700k31

Size Breakdown

VMain Sequence272
IIINormal Giant228
IIBright Giant5
IabIntermediate Luminous Supergiant1
IbLess Luminous Supergiant1

Breakdown of Dwarf Stars by Type

sdsd Type SubDwarf Star1

Breakdown of Carbon Stars by Type

CC-Type Carbon Star2
SS-Type Carbon Star1

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