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Encyclopedia > Lupus (constellation)
Lupus
Lupus
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Abbreviation Lup
Genitive Lupi
Symbology the Wolf
Right ascension 15 h
Declination −43°
Area 334 sq. deg.
Ranked 46th
Number of stars
(magnitude < 3)
3
Brightest star α Lupi
(App. magnitude 2.3)
Meteor showers
Bordering
constellations
Visible at latitudes between +35° and −90°
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of June

Lupus (Latin for Wolf) is a southern constellation. It is one of the 88 modern constellations and was also one of the 48 in Ptolemy's Almagest. It is between Centaurus and Scorpius. This is a celestial map of the constellation Lupus, the Wolf. ... 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. ... Wolf Wolf Man Mount Wolf Wolf Prizes Wolf Spider Wolf 424 Wolf 359 Wolf Point Wolf-herring Frank Wolf Friedrich Wolf Friedrich August Wolf Hugo Wolf Johannes Wolf Julius Wolf Max Franz Joseph Cornelius Wolf Maximilian Wolf Rudolf Wolf Thomas Wolf As Name Wolf Breidenbach Wolf Hirshorn Other The call... Right ascension (RA; symbol α: Greek letter alpha) is the astronomical term for one of the two coordinates of a point on the celestial sphere when using the equatorial coordinate system. ... In astronomy, declination (dec) is one of the two coordinates of the equatorial coordinate system, the other being either right ascension or hour angle. ... Here is a list of the 88 modern constellations by their area in the sky, measured in square degrees. ... // Headline text HEY!! HOW ARE YOU ALL?? Its nice of you to come read this page. ... // Headline text HEY!! HOW ARE YOU ALL?? Its nice of you to come read this page. ... Leonid Meteor Shower From earliest times, humankind has noticed flurries of meteors that seemed to emanate from particular points in the sky at particular times of the year. ... Norma (Latin for Normal, i. ... Scorpius (Latin for scorpion, symbol , Unicode ♏) is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... Circinus, Latin for Compass, is one of the small southern (declination −50 to −60 degrees) constellations. ... Centaurus (Latin for centaur) was one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy, and counts also among the 88 modern constellations. ... Libra (Latin for balance, symbol , Unicode ) is a constellation of the zodiac. ... Hydra is the largest of the 88 modern constellations, and was also one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy. ... It has been suggested that History of the Latin language be merged into this article or section. ... Wolf Wolf Man Mount Wolf Wolf Prizes Wolf Spider Wolf 424 Wolf 359 Wolf Point Wolf-herring Frank Wolf Friedrich Wolf Friedrich August Wolf Hugo Wolf Johannes Wolf Julius Wolf Max Franz Joseph Cornelius Wolf Maximilian Wolf Rudolf Wolf Thomas Wolf As Name Wolf Breidenbach Wolf Hirshorn Other The call... Orion is a remarkable constellation, visible from most places on the globe at one time or another during the year. ... Claudius Ptolemaeus (Greek: ; c. ... Almagest is the Latin form of the Arabic name (al-kitabu-l-mijisti, i. ... Centaurus (Latin for centaur) was one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy, and counts also among the 88 modern constellations. ... Scorpius (Latin for scorpion, symbol , Unicode ♏) is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ...

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Notable features

Lupus has no extremely bright stars, but has around thirty stars of second and third magnitude and 70 of greater than sixth, including a number of binary or multiple stars. Among the stars which make up the constellation figure, only a few are named stars, the brightest is α Lupi, or Men, a blue giant. β Lupi has the name Ke Kouan. Lupus means wolf in Latin. The Pleiades star cluster A star is a massive body of plasma in outer space that is currently producing or has produced energy through nuclear fusion. ... // Headline text HEY!! HOW ARE YOU ALL?? Its nice of you to come read this page. ... A binary star system consists of two stars both orbiting around their barycenter. ... In astronomy, a blue giant is a star with a spectral type of O or B and class of III (giant). ...


Notable deep sky objects

Towards the north of the constellation are globular clusters NGC 5824 and NGC 5986, and close by the dark nebula B 228. Two open clusters are to the south of the constellation, NGC 5822 and NGC 5749. On the western border are two spiral galaxies and the Wolf-Rayet planetary nebula IC 4406, containing some of the hottest stars in existence. Another planetary nebula, NGC 5882, is towards the centre of the constellation. A globular cluster is a spherical bundle of stars (star cluster) that orbits a galaxy as a satellite. ... The Triangulum Emission Nebula NGC 604 lies in a spiral arm of Galaxy M33, 2. ... An open cluster is a group of up to a few thousand stars that were formed from the same giant molecular cloud, and are still loosely gravitationally bound to each other. ... A spiral galaxy is a type of galaxy in the Hubble sequence which is characterized by the following physical properties: Spiral Galaxy M74 presents a face-on view of its spiral arms. ... Artists impression of a Wolf-Rayet star Wolf-Rayet stars (often referred to as WR stars) are evolved, hot, massive stars which have very strong stellar winds. ... NGC 6543, the Cats Eye Nebula A planetary nebula is an astronomical object consisting of a glowing shell of gas and plasma formed by certain types of stars at the end of their lives. ... IC 4406 is a planetary nebula near the western border of the constellation Lupus, the Wolf. ...


Mythology and History

The constellation has no clear mythology, but is sometimes associated with the tale of King Lycaon. Although known from ancient times no particular animal was associated with it until the Latin translation of Ptolemy's work identified it with the wolf. It was not separated from Centaurus until Hipparchus of Bithynia named it Therion (meaning beast) in the 200s BC. Prior to its separation it was considered an asterism of Centaurus, and was considered to have been an arbitrary animal, killed, or about to be killed, on behalf of, or for, Centaurus. As such, together with other constellations in the Zodiac sign of Virgo (specifically, Sagitta, and Centaurus) it may have formed the basis of the tale of the Erymanthian Boar, one of The Twelve Labours of Herakles. Lycaon, in Greek mythology, was a son of Priam and Laothoe. ... Hipparchus (Greek ) (ca. ... This article contains information that has not been verified and thus might not be reliable. ... Centuries: 4th century BC - 3rd century BC - 2nd century BC Decades: 250s BC 240s BC 230s BC 220s BC 210s BC - 200s BC - 190s BC 180s BC 170s BC 160s BC 150s BC Years: 209 BC 208 BC 207 BC 206 BC 205 BC 204 BC 203 BC 202 BC... In astronomy, an asterism is a recognized pattern of stars seen in Earths sky which is neither an official constellation nor a true star cluster. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Virgo (Latin for virgin, symbol , Unicode ♍) is a constellation of the zodiac. ... Sagitta, being Latin for Arrow, is the third-smallest of all constellations (only Equuleus and Crux are smaller). ... Centaurus (Latin for centaur) was one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy, and counts also among the 88 modern constellations. ... Hercules Carrying the Boar by Giambologna In Greek mythology, the Erymanthian Boar is remembered in connection with The Twelve Labours, in which Heracles, the (reconciled) enemy of Hera, visited in turn all the other sites of the Goddess throughout the world, to conquer every conceivable monster of nature and rededicate... Hercules and the Hydra by Antonio Pollaiuolo The Twelve Labours (Greek: dodekathlos) of Heracles (Latin: Hercules) are a series of archaic episodes connected by a later continuous narrative, concerning a penance carried out by Heracles, the greatest of the Greek heroes. ... For the son of Alexander the Great, see Heracles (Macedon). ...


Stars

Stars with proper names:
  • (α Lup) 2.30 Men or Kakkab
  • (β Lup) 2.68 Kekouan
    < 騎官 (Mandarin qíguān) The cavalry officer
Stars with Bayer designations:
γ Lup 2.80; δ Lup 3.22; ε Lup 3.37; ζ Lup 3.41; η Lup 3.42; θ Lup 4.22; ι Lup 3.55; κ1 Lup 3.88; κ2 Lup 5.70; λ Lup 4.07; μ Lup 4.27; ν1 Lup 4.99; ν2 Lup 5.65; ξ1 Lup 5.14; ξ2 Lup 5.59; ο Lup 4.32; π Lup – double 3.91, 4.82; ρ Lup 4.05; σ Lup 4.44; τ1 Lup 4.56; τ2 Lup 4.33; υ Lup 5.36; 5/χ Lup 3.97; φ1 Lup 3.57; φ2 Lup 4.54; 3/ψ1 Lup 4.66; 4/ψ2 Lup 4.75; ω Lup 4.34; a Lup 5.39; b Lup 5.22; c Lup 5.38; d Lup 4.55; e Lup 4.83; 2/f Lup 4.35; g Lup 4.64; h Lup 5.23; 1/i Lup 4.91; k Lup 4.60


Alpha Lupi (α Lup / α Lupi) is a star in the constellation Lupus. ...

The 48 Constellations listed by Ptolemy Orion is a remarkable constellation, visible from most places on the globe at one time or another during the year. ... Claudius Ptolemaeus (Greek: ; c. ...

Andromeda | Aquarius | Aquila | Ara | Argo Navis | Aries | Auriga | Boötes | Cancer | Canis Major | Canis Minor | Capricornus | Cassiopeia | Centaurus | Cepheus | Cetus | Corona Australis | Corona Borealis | Corvus | Crater | Cygnus | Delphinus | Draco | Equuleus | Eridanus | Gemini | Hercules | Hydra | Leo | Lepus | Libra | Lupus | Lyra | Ophiuchus | Orion | Pegasus | Perseus | Pisces | Piscis Austrinus | Sagitta | Sagittarius | Scorpius | Serpens | Taurus | Triangulum | Ursa Major | Ursa Minor | Virgo


Andromeda is a constellation named for the princess Andromeda (which is Greek for Ruler over men), a character in Greek mythology. ... Aquarius (Latin for the Water-bearer or Cup-bearer, symbol , Unicode ♒) is the eleventh sign of the zodiac, situated between Capricornus and Pisces. ... Aquila (Latin for Eagle), is one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy and is now also part of the list of 88 constellations acknowledged by the IAU. It lies roughly at the celestial equator. ... Ara (Latin for Altar) is a faint southerly constellation between the constellations Centaurus and Lupus. ... The constellation Argo Navis drawn by Johannes Hevelius in 1690 Argo Navis (or simply Argo) was a large southern constellation representing the Argo, the ship used by Jason and the Argonauts in Greek mythology. ... Aries (Latin for Ram, symbol , Unicode ♈) is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... Auriga (Latin for chariot) is a northern constellation. ... Boötes, a name deriving from Egypt, is one of the 88 modern constellations and was also one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy. ... In astronomy and astrology, Cancer (Latin for crab, symbol , Unicode ♋) is one of the twelve constellations of the zodiac. ... Canis Major (Latin for the greater dog) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also in Ptolemys list of 48 constellations. ... Canis Minor (Latin for little dog) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also in Ptolemys list of 48 constellations. ... Capricornus ( or , Unicode: ♑), a name meaning Horned Goat or That which has horns like a goats in Latin, is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... Cassiopeia is a northern constellation which Greek mythology considered to represent a vain queen. ... Centaurus (Latin for centaur) was one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy, and counts also among the 88 modern constellations. ... Cepheus is a northern constellation named after King Cepheus in Greek mythology, and is considered to represent a king. ... Cetus (a name from Greek mythology, referring to a Whale or Sea monster, see Ceto) is a constellation of the southern sky, in the region known as the Water, near other watery constellations like Aquarius, Pisces, and Eridanus. ... Corona Australis or Corona Austrina (Latin for Southern Crown) was one of Ptolemys 48 constellations, and also counts among the 88 modern constellations. ... Corona Borealis (Latin for northern crown) is a small northern constellation whose main stars form a semicircular arc. ... Corvus (Latin for Raven/Crow) is a small southern constellation with only 11 stars visible to the naked eye (brighter than magnitude 5. ... Crater (Latin for cup) is one of the 88 modern constellations and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy. ... For other meanings of the word Cygnus, see Cygnus (disambiguation) Cygnus (from the Latin for swan) is a northern constellation. ... Delphinus, being Latin for Dolphin, is a rather small (ranked 69th) northern constellation very close to the celestial equator. ... Draco (Latin for Dragon) is a far northern constellation that is circumpolar for many northern hemisphere observers. ... Equuleus (Latin for horse-let (i. ... Eridanus is the sixth largest of the 88 modern constellations. ... Gemini (Latin for twins, symbol , Unicode ♊) is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... Hercules is the fifth largest of the 88 modern constellations. ... Hydra is the largest of the 88 modern constellations, and was also one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy. ... Leo (Latin for lion, symbol , Unicode ♌) is a constellation of the zodiac. ... Lepus (Latin for Hare) is a constellation, lying just south of Orion, and possibly representing a hare being chased by him. ... Libra (Latin for balance, symbol , Unicode ) is a constellation of the zodiac. ... Lyra (Latin for Lyre) is one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy, and is one of the 88 modern constellations recognized by the International Astronomical Union. ... Ophiuchus (known as the serpent holder) is one of the 88 constellations, and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy. ... Orion, a constellation often referred to as The Hunter, is a prominent constellation, perhaps the best-known in the sky. ... Pegasus is a northern constellation, named after the mythological Pegasus. ... Perseus is a northern constellation, named after the Greek hero who slew the monster Medusa. ... Pisces (Latin for fish (plural), symbol , Unicode ♓) is a zodiac constellation which lies between Aquarius to the west and Aries to the east. ... Piscis Austrinus or Piscis Australis (both of which are Latin for Southern Fish) was one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy, and is also one of the 88 modern constellations. ... Sagitta, being Latin for Arrow, is the third-smallest of all constellations (only Equuleus and Crux are smaller). ... Sagittarius (Latin for Archer, symbol , Unicode ♐) is a constellation of the zodiac, commonly depicted as a centaur drawing a bow. ... Scorpius (Latin for scorpion, symbol , Unicode ♏) is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... Serpens (the snake) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy. ... Taurus (Latin for bull, symbol , Unicode ♉) is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... Triangulum is a small northern constellation whose three brightest stars, of third and fourth magnitude, form an elongated triangle. ... Ursa Major (Ursa Maior in Latin) is a constellation visible throughout the year in the northern hemisphere. ... Ursa Minor is a constellation in the northern sky, the name of which means Small Bear in Latin. ... Virgo (Latin for virgin, symbol , Unicode ♍) is a constellation of the zodiac. ...

Constellations changed by Lacaille in 1763 Orion is a remarkable constellation, visible from most places on the globe at one time or another during the year. ... Abbé Nicolas Louis de Lacaille (March 15, 1713 – March 21, 1762) was a French astronomer. ... 1763 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ...

Argo Navis split into Carina | Puppis | Vela
Eridanus split into Eridanus | Fornax
Sagittarius | Corona Australis altered to create Telescopium
Centaurus | Lupus altered to create Circinus


The constellation Argo Navis drawn by Johannes Hevelius in 1690 Argo Navis (or simply Argo) was a large southern constellation representing the Argo, the ship used by Jason and the Argonauts in Greek mythology. ... Carina (Latin for keel) is a southern constellation which forms part of the old constellation of Argo Navis. ... Puppis (Latin for poop deck) is a southern constellation. ... Vela (Latin for sails) is a southern constellation, one of the four parts into which Argo Navis was split (the others being; Carina (constellation), Puppis and Pyxis. ... Eridanus is the sixth largest of the 88 modern constellations. ... Eridanus is the sixth largest of the 88 modern constellations. ... Fornax (Latin for furnace) is a southern constellation which was first introduced by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille under the name Fornax Chemica (Latin for chemical furnace). ... Sagittarius (Latin for Archer, symbol , Unicode ♐) is a constellation of the zodiac, commonly depicted as a centaur drawing a bow. ... Corona Australis or Corona Austrina (Latin for Southern Crown) was one of Ptolemys 48 constellations, and also counts among the 88 modern constellations. ... Telescopium (Latin for Telescope) is a minor southern constellation identified and named by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille, the 18th century French astronomer, a student of the southern skies. ... Centaurus (Latin for centaur) was one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy, and counts also among the 88 modern constellations. ... Circinus, Latin for Compass, is one of the small southern (declination −50 to −60 degrees) constellations. ...

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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