English Name: The Hare
Hemisphere: Southern Hemisphere
Location: Between the constellations of Canis Major and Eridanus.
Visible between latitudes: +60 and -90 degrees
Best season: Winter
Seen in three seasons: Autumn, Winter and Early Spring
Best seen in: January
Seen between: December and late February
Right Ascension (RA): 06 hour
Declination (DEC): -20 degrees
Area (square degrees): 290 (51st)
Lepus (The Hare)
- Lepus is a small constellation and lies under the feet of Orion (The Hunter).
- It contains the very red Mira variable star – R Leporis, range magnitude +5.5 to magnitude +11.7; period 427 days.
- M79 – Globular Cluster of magitude +8.0, visible with a small telescope or large binocular.
Features of Interest
- NGC 2017 – small open cluster; colourful multiple star riding on the back of Lepus.
- Arneb (Alpha Leporis, magnitude +2.58)
- Nihal (Beta Leporis)
- Photo of the constellation; Lepus, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart – Lepus
- List of stars in Lepus.
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