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Encyclopedia > Lepus (constellation)
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Abbreviation: Lep
Genitive: Leporis
Symbology: the Hare
Right ascension: 6 h
Declination: −20°
Area: 290 sq. deg. (51st)
Main stars:
Bayer/Flamsteed stars:
Stars with known planets:
Bright stars: 2
Nearby stars: 2
Brightest star: α Lep (Arneb) (2.58m)
Nearest star: γ Lep (29.2 ly ly)
Messier objects:
Meteor showers:  ?????
Bordering constellations: Orion
Canis Major
Visible at latitudes between +63° and −90°
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of January

Lepus (IPA: /ˈlɛpəs, ˈliːpəs/, Latin: hare) is a constellation, lying just south of the Celestial equator, below the constellation Orion, and possibly representing a hare being chased by Orion the hunter. Lepus was one of Ptolemy's 48 constellations, and counts also among the 88 modern constellations. This is a celestial map of the constellation Lepus, the Hare. ... The genitive case is a grammatical case that indicates a relationship, primarily one of possession, between the noun in the genitive case and another noun. ... Jack rabbit and Jackrabbit redirect here. ... Equatorial Coordinates Right ascension (abbrev. ... In astronomy, declination (abbrev. ... Here is a list of the 88 modern constellations by their area in the sky, measured in square degrees. ... Many of the brighter stars are given names which are known as Bayer designations. ... Flamsteed designations for stars are similar to Bayer designations, except that they use numbers instead of Greek letters. ... Alpha Leporis (α Lep / α Leporis) is the brightest star in the constellation Lepus. ... // Headline text HEY!! HOW ARE YOU ALL?? Its nice of you to come read this page. ... Gamma Leporis (γ Lep / γ Leporis) is a multiple star system which is located at a distance of about 29 light-years from Earth and consists of 2 or 3 stars: Gamma Leporis A, Gamma Leporis B and possibly Gamma Leporis C. Gamma Leporis lies in the south central part of the... A light-year or lightyear (symbol: ly) is a unit of measurement of length, specifically the distance light travels in vacuum in one Julian year. ... The Messier objects are a set of astronomical objects catalogued by Charles Messier in his catalogue of Nebulae and Star Clusters first published in 1774. ... Leonid Meteor Shower A meteor shower, also known as a meteor storm, is a celestial event where a large number of meteors are seen within a very short period. ... Orion (IPA: ), a constellation often referred to as The Hunter, is a prominent constellation, perhaps the best-known and most conspicuous in the sky. ... Monoceros (Latin for Unicorn) is a faint constellation on the winter night sky, surrounded by Orion to the west, Gemini to the north, Canis Major to the south and Hydra to the east. ... Canis Major (IPA: , Latin: ) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also in Ptolemys list of 48 constellations. ... Columba, Latin for dove, is a small constellation just south to Canis Major and Lepus, it was cut out of the constellation Canis Major by Augustin Royer, in 1679. ... Caelum (IPA: , Latin: , and similar to Latin: ) is a minor southern constellation introduced by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille. ... Eridanus is the sixth largest of the 88 modern constellations. ... For information on how to read IPA transcriptions of English words see here. ... Latin was the language originally spoken in the region around Rome called Latium. ... Jack rabbit and Jackrabbit redirect here. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The celestial equator is a great circle on the imaginary celestial sphere, which could be constructed by inflating the Earths equator until it intersects with said sphere. ... Orion (IPA: ), a constellation often referred to as The Hunter, is a prominent constellation, perhaps the best-known and most conspicuous in the sky. ... An engraving of Orion from Johann Bayers Uranometria, 1603 (US Naval Observatory Library) In Greek mythology, Orion was a gigantic huntsman who was set amongst the stars as the constellation of the same name. ... A medieval artists rendition of Claudius Ptolemaeus Claudius Ptolemaeus (Greek: ; c. ...

This constellation should not be confused with Lupus. Lupus (Latin for Wolf) is a southern constellation. ...


Lepus is an old constellation, it doesn't have much mythology that came with it. The only important mythology is that Lepus, the hare, was put in the stars for the Great Hunter, Orion to chase.

See also

This is the list of notable stars in the constellation Lepus, sorted by decreasing brightness. ...

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The 88 modern Constellations
Andromeda • Antlia • Apus • Aquarius • Aquila • Ara • Aries • Auriga • Boötes • Caelum • Camelopardalis • Cancer • Canes Venatici • Canis Major • Canis Minor • Capricornus • Carina • Cassiopeia • Centaurus • Cepheus • Cetus • Chamaeleon • Circinus • Columba • Coma Berenices • Corona Australis • Corona Borealis • Corvus • Crater • Crux • Cygnus • Delphinus • Dorado • Draco • Equuleus • Eridanus • Fornax • Gemini • Grus • Hercules • Horologium • Hydra • Hydrus • Indus • Lacerta • Leo • Leo Minor • Lepus • Libra • Lupus • Lynx • Lyra • Mensa • Microscopium • Monoceros • Musca • Norma • Octans • Ophiuchus • Orion • Pavo • Pegasus • Perseus • Phoenix • Pictor • Pisces • Piscis Austrinus • Puppis • Pyxis • Reticulum • Sagitta • Sagittarius • Scorpius • Sculptor • Scutum • Serpens • Sextans • Taurus • Telescopium • Triangulum • Triangulum Australe • Tucana • Ursa Major • Ursa Minor • Vela • Virgo • Volans • Vulpecula

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Lepus (constellation) at AllExperts (300 words)
Constellationname = Lepus abbreviation = Lep genitive = Leporis symbology = the Hare RA = 6 dec= −20 areatotal = 290 arearank = 51st numberstars = 2 starname = α Lep (Arneb) starmagnitude = 2.58 meteorshowers =
Lepus was one of Ptolemy's 48 constellations, and counts also among the 88 modern constellations.
Although Lepus is an old constellation, it has little mythology associated with it, apart from a possible incidental role in the Orion myth where it was placed in the sky for the great hunter to chase.
The Constellations - Enchanted Learning Software (2295 words)
Cepheus is a house-shaped constellation in the Northern Hemisphere.
Cetus is a constellation that straddles the celestial equator.
[Abbreviation: Sco] Scorpius (the scorpion) is a constellation of the zodiac.
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