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.
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.
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.
|Is a Zodiac Sign||No|
|Largest Star||R Leporis|
|Area||290.291 sq. deg.|
|Percentage of Night Sky||0.7%|
|Site Exoplanet Count||6|
|Meteor Shower Count||0|
|Nearest Star||Gliese 229|
|Nearest Star with Exoplanet(s)||Gliese 229|
|Dimmest Star||HD 33093|
|Furthest Star||HIP 28132|
|Bright Star Count||45|
|Hipparcos Star Count||726|
|Main Star Count||11|
|Messier Deep Space Object Count||1|
|*Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count||0|
*Note: The number of Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count relates to how many are covered on this site not how many there are.
The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.
|Star||Distance (Lt. Yrs.)||Exoplanet Count||Declination||Right Ascension|
|Gliese 229||18.77||1||-21d 51` 46.5||06h 10m 34.70|
|HD 31527||125.79||3||-23d 14` 31.9||04h 55m 38.42|
|HD 33142||410.79||1||-13d 59` 11.6||05h 07m 35.55|
|HD 33283||307.12||1||-26d 47` 50.5||05h 08m 00.98|
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.
|Star||Distance (Lt. Yrs.)||Declination||Right Ascension|
|1 Leporis||467.95||-22d 47` 42.3||05h 02m 44.94|
|10 Leporis||271.58||-20d 51` 48.8||05h 31m 07.62|
|12 Leporis||994.40||-22d 22` 25.5||05h 42m 13.96|
|19 Leporis||838.47||-19d 09` 57.6||06h 07m 41.63|
|4 Monocerotis||342.25||-11d 08` 46.5||06h 08m 25.39|
|8 Leporis||1647.29||-13d 55` 38.5||05h 23m 30.16|
|Arneb||2218.80||-17d 49` 20.3||05h 32m 43.81|
|Delta Leporis||113.73||-20d 52` 39.0||05h 51m 19.15|
|Epsilon Leporis||213.32||-22d 22` 15.1||05h 05m 27.65|
|Eta Leporis||48.53||-14d 10` 04.9||05h 56m 24.32|
|Gamma Leporis||29.12||-22d 26` 51.0||05h 44m 27.97|
|Iota Leporis||231.81||-11d 52` 08.9||05h 12m 17.89|
|Kappa Leporis||728.04||-12d 56` 28.6||05h 13m 13.89|
|Lambda Leporis||851.60||-13d 10` 36.4||05h 19m 34.53|
|Neshmet||185.95||-16d 12` 19.5||05h 12m 55.87|
|Nihal||160.36||-20d 45` 33.2||05h 28m 14.73|
|Nu Leporis||333.50||-12d 18` 56.2||05h 19m 59.03|
|R Leporis||1347.78||-14d 48` 22.5||04h 59m 36.34|
|RX Leporis||486.09||-11d 50` 57.2||05h 11m 22.85|
|RY Leporis||647.15||-20d 01` 25.2||05h 48m 10.26|
|S Leporis||662.93||-24d 11` 43.9||06h 05m 45.54|
|SS Leporis||908.53||-16d 29` 03.9||06h 04m 59.13|
|T Leporis||2673.47||-21d 54` 16.2||05h 04m 50.84|
|Theta Leporis||172.76||-14d 56` 07.0||06h 06m 09.33|
|U Leporis||1907.39||-21d 13` 01.5||04h 56m 17.96|
|YY Leporis||1254.47||-21d 48` 44.2||06h 06m 57.52|
|Zeta Leporis||70.48||-14d 49` 19.0||05h 46m 57.35|
|M79 Globular Cluster||Globular Cluster||41||-24:33||05h 24m 5|
|K||Light Orange Star 3,700 - 5,200k||199|
|A||White 7,500 - 10,000k||176|
|F||Yellow-White 6,000 - 7,500k||126|
|G||Yellow 5,200 - 6,000k||100|
|B||Blue-White 10,500 - 30,000k||65|
|M||Red Dwarf Star <3,700k||31|
|Iab||Intermediate Luminous Supergiant||1|
|Ib||Less Luminous Supergiant||1|
|sd||sd Type SubDwarf Star||1|
|C||C-Type Carbon Star||2|
|S||S-Type Carbon Star||1|
|lilly evans||Monday, 27th February 2017 6:33:27 PM|
|super cool it helped me with a project!|