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Lepus (abbr. Lep, gen. Leporis)





The Hare, prey of Orion the Hunter. Lepus is a small but interesting southern constellation, located just south of Orion. Of the few stars making up a figure that looks like a smashed box kite, the brightest is only third magnitude. See below for details of the constellation's brightest stars and interesting deep sky objects.


Lepus constellation
Lepus. © 2003 Torsten Bronger.
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Stars brighter than magnitude 4.0
Star Visual
mag.
Abs.
mag.
Spectral
type
Distance
(lt-yr)
R.A. (h m s) Dec. ( ° ' '' )
Alpha (Arneb) 2.58 -5.40 F0Ib 1,280 05 32 44 -17 49 20
Beta (Nihal) 2.81 -0.63 G5II 159 05 28 15 -20 45 35
Epsilon 3.19 -1.02 K4IIIv 227 05 05 28 -22 22 16
Mu 3.29 -0.47 B9IVpHgMn 184 05 12 56 -16 12 20
Zeta 3.55 1.88 A2Vn 70 05 46 57 -14 49 20
Gamma 3.59 3.82 F7V 29 05 44 28 -22 26 55
Eta 3.71 2.82 F1V 49 05 56 24 -14 10 04
Delta 3.76 1.07 G8IIIwkCN 112 05 51 19 -20 52 45


Other objects of interest
Name Type of Object Notes
Hind's Crimson Star star R Lep. See separate entry
NGC 2017 open cluster Binoculars or a small telescope reveal five stars, ranging from sixth to tenth magnitude; of these, two are binaries that can be split by a telescope of 15 cm aperture. Magnitude 6.4; diameter 15'; R.A 05h 39.4m, Dec. -17° 51'
M79 (NGC 1904) globular cluster A compact, interesting object for small telescopes, lying close to Herschel 3752. Magnitude 9.9; diameter 8.7'; R.A. 05h 24.5m, Dec. -24° 33'


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