Constellation The Wolf

Lupus (The Wolf): gift, map and visability

  • Meaning: The Wolf
  • Best seen in: June
  • Family: Hercules
  • Latitude: +35° to -90°

Lupus or The Wolf is one of the 88 constellations modern astronomers have divided the sky into. It's part of the Hercules constellation family. Lupus is best seen in June (from latitudes +35° to -90°).

The Babylonians already knew this constellation as a ‘wolf’. Eratosthenes said that the Centaur was holding the animal towards the altar (the constellation Ara) as though about to sacrifice it. The definitive identification of this constellation with a wolf seems to have started in Renaissance times. Eighteen main stars make up Lupus. Alpha Lupi shines brightest and is 25,000 times brighter than the Sun.

Lupus Constellation Map

Lupus Constellation Map
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Main Stars in The Wolf (Lupus)

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

  • Alpha Lupi
  • Beta Lupi
  • Gamma Lupi
  • Delta Lupi
  • Epsilon Lupi
  • Zeta Lupi
  • Eta Lupi

Some of the deep sky objects which have been discovered in Lupus include: NGC 5986, Retina Nebula, NGC 5822, NGC 5824, NGC 5749, NGC 5882, NGC 5927.

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