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Lupus 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 3 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site.

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 0 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 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 Count3
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 Stars with Exoplanets in Lupus


StarDistance (Lt. Yrs.)Exoplanet CountDeclinationRight Ascension
HD 126525124.301-51d 55` 59.514h 27m 33.26
HIP 7084976.891-46d 27` 48.014h 29m 18.60
HIP 74890298.411-41d 25` 13.015h 18m 17.43

List of Named Stars in Lupus 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 Lupi1953.07-31d 31` 08.915h 14m 37.33
2 Lupi325.84-30d 08` 55.215h 17m 49.84
Chi Lupi195.19-33d 37` 37.615h 50m 57.54
Epsilon Lupi512.03-44d 41` 22.515h 22m 40.89
Eta Lupi441.96-38d 23` 47.916h 00m 07.34
FW Lupi2077.47-40d 55` 36.115h 22m 25.38
Gamma Lupi420.86-41d 10` 00.115h 35m 08.46
GG Lupi547.25-40d 47` 17.415h 18m 56.39
GM Lupi604.01-40d 51` 40.515h 04m 42.90
Hilasmus883.91-40d 38` 50.915h 21m 22.34
HX Lupi2189.02-48d 19` 11.414h 22m 38.72
Iota Lupi337.99-46d 03` 29.114h 19m 24.23
Kappa1 Lupi180.00-48d 44` 15.715h 11m 56.16
Kappa2 Lupi253.63-48d 44` 36.915h 11m 57.77
Ke Kouan382.82-43d 08` 01.914h 58m 31.95
KT Lupi428.04-44d 57` 30.015h 35m 53.27
Lambda Lupi776.58-45d 16` 47.315h 08m 50.63
Men464.62-47d 23` 17.314h 41m 55.77
Mu Lupi335.56-47d 52` 30.715h 18m 32.05
Nu1 Lupi116.95-47d 55` 38.915h 22m 08.39
Nu2 Lupi48.31-48d 19` 01.115h 21m 49.57
Omega Lupi218.61-42d 34` 02.915h 38m 03.32
Omicron Lupi404.17-43d 34` 31.114h 51m 38.32
Phi1 Lupi275.01-36d 15` 40.215h 21m 48.44
Phi2 Lupi519.37-36d 51` 30.415h 23m 09.36
Pi Lupi443.16-47d 03` 04.315h 05m 07.11
Psi1 Lupi219.64-34d 24` 42.815h 39m 45.97
Psi2 Lupi363.62-34d 42` 37.215h 42m 41.04
Rho Lupi316.05-49d 25` 32.714h 37m 53.25
RU Lupi393.44-37d 49` 15.315h 56m 42.32
Sigma Lupi575.24-50d 27` 25.614h 32m 37.08
Tau1 Lupi1090.85-45d 13` 17.014h 26m 08.24
Tau2 Lupi319.14-45d 22` 45.314h 26m 10.80
Theta Lupi414.44-36d 48` 08.016h 06m 35.56
Upsilon Lupi406.69-39d 42` 36.515h 24m 45.03
Xi1 Lupi138.20-33d 57` 57.715h 56m 53.48
Xi2 Lupi150.24-33d 57` 51.015h 56m 54.11
Zeta Lupi117.32-52d 05` 56.715h 12m 17.20



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


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

Lupus Constellation's Star Breakdown


Type Breakdown


TypeDescriptionCount
FYellow-White 6,000 - 7,500k341
GYellow 5,200 - 6,000k317
KLight Orange Star 3,700 - 5,200k261
AWhite 7,500 - 10,000k148
BBlue-White 10,500 - 30,000k127
MRed Dwarf Star <3,700k40

Size Breakdown


TypeDescriptionCount
VMain Sequence575
IIINormal Giant360
IVSubgiant152
IIBright Giant16
IbLess Luminous Supergiant7
IabIntermediate Luminous Supergiant1

Breakdown of Carbon Stars by Type


TypeDescriptionCount
CC-Type Carbon Star3
RR-Type Carbon Star1


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