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 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.
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.
|Is a Zodiac Sign||No|
|Area||333.683 sq. deg.|
|Percentage of Night Sky||0.81%|
|Site Exoplanet Count||3|
|Meteor Shower Count||1|
|Nearest Star||HIP 76074|
|Nearest Star with Exoplanet(s)||HIP 70849|
|Dimmest Star||HD 143790|
|Furthest Star||HIP 74807|
|Bright Star Count||74|
|Hipparcos Star Count||1281|
|Main Star Count||12|
|Messier Deep Space Object Count||0|
|*Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count||1|
|Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding Constellations||Libra|
*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|
|HD 126525||124.30||1||-51d 55` 59.5||14h 27m 33.26|
|HIP 70849||76.89||1||-46d 27` 48.0||14h 29m 18.60|
|HIP 74890||298.41||1||-41d 25` 13.0||15h 18m 17.43|
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 Lupi||1953.07||-31d 31` 08.9||15h 14m 37.33|
|2 Lupi||325.84||-30d 08` 55.2||15h 17m 49.84|
|Chi Lupi||195.19||-33d 37` 37.6||15h 50m 57.54|
|Epsilon Lupi||512.03||-44d 41` 22.5||15h 22m 40.89|
|Eta Lupi||441.96||-38d 23` 47.9||16h 00m 07.34|
|FW Lupi||2077.47||-40d 55` 36.1||15h 22m 25.38|
|Gamma Lupi||420.86||-41d 10` 00.1||15h 35m 08.46|
|GG Lupi||547.25||-40d 47` 17.4||15h 18m 56.39|
|GM Lupi||604.01||-40d 51` 40.5||15h 04m 42.90|
|Hilasmus||883.91||-40d 38` 50.9||15h 21m 22.34|
|HX Lupi||2189.02||-48d 19` 11.4||14h 22m 38.72|
|Iota Lupi||337.99||-46d 03` 29.1||14h 19m 24.23|
|Kappa1 Lupi||180.00||-48d 44` 15.7||15h 11m 56.16|
|Kappa2 Lupi||253.63||-48d 44` 36.9||15h 11m 57.77|
|Ke Kouan||382.82||-43d 08` 01.9||14h 58m 31.95|
|KT Lupi||428.04||-44d 57` 30.0||15h 35m 53.27|
|Lambda Lupi||776.58||-45d 16` 47.3||15h 08m 50.63|
|Men||464.62||-47d 23` 17.3||14h 41m 55.77|
|Mu Lupi||335.56||-47d 52` 30.7||15h 18m 32.05|
|Nu1 Lupi||116.95||-47d 55` 38.9||15h 22m 08.39|
|Nu2 Lupi||48.31||-48d 19` 01.1||15h 21m 49.57|
|Omega Lupi||218.61||-42d 34` 02.9||15h 38m 03.32|
|Omicron Lupi||404.17||-43d 34` 31.1||14h 51m 38.32|
|Phi1 Lupi||275.01||-36d 15` 40.2||15h 21m 48.44|
|Phi2 Lupi||519.37||-36d 51` 30.4||15h 23m 09.36|
|Pi Lupi||443.16||-47d 03` 04.3||15h 05m 07.11|
|Psi1 Lupi||219.64||-34d 24` 42.8||15h 39m 45.97|
|Psi2 Lupi||363.62||-34d 42` 37.2||15h 42m 41.04|
|Rho Lupi||316.05||-49d 25` 32.7||14h 37m 53.25|
|RU Lupi||393.44||-37d 49` 15.3||15h 56m 42.32|
|Sigma Lupi||575.24||-50d 27` 25.6||14h 32m 37.08|
|Tau1 Lupi||1090.85||-45d 13` 17.0||14h 26m 08.24|
|Tau2 Lupi||319.14||-45d 22` 45.3||14h 26m 10.80|
|Theta Lupi||414.44||-36d 48` 08.0||16h 06m 35.56|
|Upsilon Lupi||406.69||-39d 42` 36.5||15h 24m 45.03|
|Xi1 Lupi||138.20||-33d 57` 57.7||15h 56m 53.48|
|Xi2 Lupi||150.24||-33d 57` 51.0||15h 56m 54.11|
|Zeta Lupi||117.32||-52d 05` 56.7||15h 12m 17.20|
|Retina Nebula||Nebula||2,000||44:09:04||14h 22h 26|
|F||Yellow-White 6,000 - 7,500k||341|
|G||Yellow 5,200 - 6,000k||317|
|K||Light Orange Star 3,700 - 5,200k||261|
|A||White 7,500 - 10,000k||148|
|B||Blue-White 10,500 - 30,000k||127|
|M||Red Dwarf Star <3,700k||40|
|Ib||Less Luminous Supergiant||7|
|Iab||Intermediate Luminous Supergiant||1|
|C||C-Type Carbon Star||3|
|R||R-Type Carbon Star||1|