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Lupus, The Wolf Constellation

Lupus (Pronounciation:Loo-puss, Abbrev:Lup, Latin:Lupi) is a constellation, one of 88 constellations that the night sky is divided into. The sky is not divided up equally between the constellations. Lupus takes up 333.683 sq. degrees of the night sky which equates to 0.81% of the night sky. The constellation gets its name as it name means The Wolf . 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.

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

The brightest star in Lupus is Men. There are 9 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site. There is a dedicated page for exoplanets in Lupus. For a list of named stars, that is stars that don't start HD or HIP, please visit Lupus Star List Page.

Lupus Star and Deep Space Object Count

The number of stars that have been catalogued as part of the Hipparcos Star Catalogue from Lupus is 1281. The number of stars that are of magnitude 6.0 or lower in the constellation is 74. The number of stars in the constellation that make up the outline is 12.

There are no deep space objects that were identified by Charles Messier in this constellation. There are 1 non-Messier deep space objects that are covered on this site and the list is below.

Stars of Interest

The nearest star to Earth is HIP 76074 which is roughly about 19.34 Light Years from the Earth. The nearest star to the Earth with an exoplanet is HIP 70849 which is about 76.89 Light Years. The furthest star that can be located in the constellation is HIP 74807 which is located about 326163.3 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 Lupus with the naked eye is HD 143790. The dim star has an apparent magnitude of 6. 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.

No real story lies behind the story of Lupus. It was not clearly identified until much later after Ptolemy's death. Some people say it represents a wolf killed by a Centaur.

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

Lupus Facts


NameLupus
AbbreviationLup
Is a Zodiac Sign No
Brightest StarMen
Area333.683 sq. deg.
Percentage of Night Sky0.81%
Size Position46th
Hemisphere Southern
Site Exoplanet Count9
Meteor Shower Count1
Nearest StarHIP 76074
Nearest Star with Exoplanet(s)HIP 70849
Dimmest StarHD 143790
Furthest StarHIP 74807
Bright Star Count74
Hipparcos Star Count1281
Main Star Count12
Messier Deep Space Object Count0
*Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count1
Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding ConstellationsLibra
Hydra
Centaurus
Circinus
Norma
Scorpius

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


Lupus Constellation Map


Lupus 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 Lupus


NameTypeDistanceDeclinationRight Ascension
Retina NebulaNebula2,00044:09:0414h 22h 26


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