Lepus

Tuesday 19 September 2017 - 20:53:10 Posted by  Bobby
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 Mythology of Lepus

Lepus lies under the feet of Orion, the hunter, and is persued across the sky by his dog Canis Major. The constellation was known to the ancient Greeks. Its brightest star is Alpha Leonis, magnitude 2.6, whose name, Arneb, comes from an Arabic term meaning "the hare."

 The Facts

  • Depiction: The Hare
  • Pronounced: LLEE-pus
  • Genitive: Leporis
  • Abbreviation: Lep
  • Highest in the Sky: January
  • Size Ranking: 51st
  • Coverage Area: 290 Sq. Degrees
  • Right Acension: 6 hours
  • Declination: -20°
  • Visibility: 63°N to 90°S

 Notable Objects

  • IC 418: Spirograph Nebula
  • M79: Globular cluster
  • NGC 2017: Open cluster
  • R Leporis: Variable star

 Named Stars

  • Arneb, Alpha Leporis
  • Nihal, Gamma Leporis

 Best Viewed Objects/Stars

Gamma Leporis

 A Mira variable noted for its deep red color. It ranges from about 6th to 12th magnitude every 14 months or so.

R Leporis

 A Mira variable noted for its deep red color. It ranges from about 6th to 12th magnitude every 14 months or so.

M79

 A small globular cluster of 8th magnitude, visible with a small telescope. It lies about 40,000 light-years away. In the same field of view is a triple star called h3752 (the h stands for John Herschel, who first cataloged it). This consists of a close pair of stars 5th and 7th magnitudes.

NGC 2017

 A small star cluster, the main members of which are cataloged as the multiple star h3780. A small telescope reveals a 6th-magnitude star with four companions of 8th to 10th magnitude. A larger aperture will separate two of the components into close doubles, and there is also a fainter 12th-magnitude star that completes this group.

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