Lepus ( 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 constellation should not be confused with Lupus.
Notable deep sky objects
There is one Messier Object in Lepus which is M79. This is a faint globular cluster with a magnitude of around +8.56
In mythology, Lepus, the hare, is hunted by Orion.
* ά.......Arneb.....Arabic......name of constellation
* R Leporis is also known as Hind's Crimson Star
* Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion (2007). Stars and Planets Guide, Collins, London. ISBN 978-0007251209. Princeton University Press, Princeton. ISBN 978-0691135564.
* Richard Hinckley Allen, Star Names, Their Lore and Legend, New York, Dover.
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