Abbreviation: Â Lep
English Name: Â The Hare
Hemisphere:Â Southern Hemisphere
Location:Â Between the constellations of Canis Major and Eridanus.
Visible between latitudes: Â +60 and -90 degrees
Best season: Winter
Seen in three seasons:Â Autumn, Winter and Early Spring
Best seen in:Â January
Seen between:Â December and late February
Right Ascension (RA):Â Â 06 hour
Declination (DEC):Â -20 degrees
Area (square degrees): Â 290Â (51st)
Lepus (The Hare)
- Lepus is a small constellation and Â 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;Â Lepus, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart Â – Â Lepus
- List of stars in Lepus.
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