Constellation The Hare

Lepus (The Hare): gift, map and visability

  • Meaning: The Hare
  • Best seen in: February
  • Family: Orion
  • Latitude: +60° to -90°

Lepus or The Hare is one of the 88 constellations modern astronomers have divided the sky into. It's part of the Orion constellation family. Lepus is best seen in February (from latitudes +60° to -90°).

Lepus is most noted for its position in the sky. It is just south of the giant Orion and just west of the bright star Sirius in Canis Major. The Hare’s head is just below the star Rigel, Orion’s left foot. Eratosthenes tells us that Hermes placed the hare in the sky because of its swiftness. Thirteen main stars make up its shape.

Lepus Constellation Map

Lepus Constellation Map
Lepus icon

Main Stars in The Hare (Lepus)

The constellation Lepus contains several bright stars that make up its shape. Some of these main stars are known as:

  • Arneb
  • Nihal
  • Epsilon Leporis
  • Mu Leporis
  • Zeta Leporis
  • Gamma Leporis
  • 17 Leporis

Some of the deep sky objects which have been discovered in Lepus include: Messier 79, Spirograph Nebula, NGC 1821.

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