Tuesday 19 September 2017 - 20:57:31 Posted by  Bobby

 Mythology of Lupus

Lupus lies 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.

 The Facts

  • Depiction: The Wolf
  • Pronounced: LEW-pus
  • Genitive: Lupi
  • Abbreviation: Lup
  • Highest in the Sky: May to June
  • Size Ranking: 46th
  • Coverage Area: 334 Sq. Degrees
  • Right Acension: 15 hours
  • Declination: -45°
  • Visibility: 33°N to 90°S

 Notable Objects

  • Xi Lupi: Double binary
  • IC 4406: Planetary nebula
  • NGC 5643: Galaxy
  • NGC 5986: Globular cluster

 Best Viewed Objects/Stars

Kappa Lupi

 A double star. The components, of magnitudes 3.9 and 5.7, are easy to divide with a small telescope.

Mu Lupi

 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.

Xi Lupi

 A double star. Its components of magnitudes 5.1 and 5.6 can be separated with a small telescope.

Pi Lupi

 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.

NGC 5822

 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.


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