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Tuesday 19 September 2017 - 20:57:31Posted by Bobby
Mythology of Lupus
Lupuslies in the Milky Way to the south of Libra. It represents a wolf that in Greek and Roman times was visualized as being held on a pole by a centaur, depicted by Centaurus. It seems, however, that there are no myths specifically about the wolf. Its brightest star is Alpha Lupi, magnitude 2.3.
Depiction: The Wolf
Highest in the Sky: May to June
Size Ranking: 46th
Coverage Area: 334 Sq. Degrees
Right Acension: 15 hours
Visibility: 33°N to 90°S
Xi Lupi: Double binary
IC 4406: Planetary nebula
NGC 5643: Galaxy
NGC 5986: Globular cluster
Best Viewed Objects/Stars
A double star. The components, of magnitudes 3.9 and 5.7, are easy to divide with a small telescope.
A multiple star. With a small telescope it appears as a wide double star with components of magnitudes 4.3 and 6.9. An aperture of 4 in (100 mm) or more with high magnification shows that the primary is, in fact, a close pair of 5th-magnitude stars.
A double star. Its components of magnitudes 5.1 and 5.6 can be separated with a small telescope.
A matching pair of 5th-magnitude of blue-white stars. A telescope with an aperture of 3 in (100 mm) or more is needed to see them separately.
A rich open cluster of similar apparent size to the full Moon. Visible with binoculars or a small telescope, it contains over 100 faint stars and lies 2,400 light-years away.