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Lupus (abbr. Lup, gen. Lupi)





The Wolf. Lupus is a southern constellation that lies between Scorpius to the east, Centaurus to the west and north, and Circinus to the south. One of its few deep-sky objects of interest to the amateur observer is the open cluster NGC 5822 (visual magnitude 7; apparent diameter 40'; R.A. 15h 05.2m, Dec. -54° 21'). The so-called Lupus Loop is a prehistoric supernova remnant, about 1,500 light-years away (R.A. 15h 10m, Dec. -40°), in the form of a large broken shell, 4.5° in diameter, that is detectable at radio and X-ray wavelengths. See below for details of the constellation's brightest stars.


Lupus constellation
Lupus. © 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 (Kakkab) 2.30 -3.83 B1.5III 548 14 41 56 -47 23 17
Beta (KeKouan) 2.68 -3.35 B2III 524 14 58 32 -43 08 02
Gamma 2.80 -3.41 B2IV 567 15 35 08 -41 10 00
Delta 3.22 -2.75 B1.5IV 510 15 21 22 -40 38 51
Epsilon 3.37 -2.58 B2IV-V 504 15 22 41 -44 41 21
Zeta 3.41 0.65 G8III 116 15 12 17 -52 05 57
Eta 3.42 -2.48 B2.5IV 493 16 00 07 -38 23 48
Phi-1 3.57 -1.44 K5III 326 15 21 48 -36 15 41
Kappa-1 3.88 0.14 B9.5Vne 182 15 11 56 -48 44 16
Pi 3.91 -2.01 B5V+B5IV 497 15 05 07 -47 03 04
Chi 3.97 -0.03 B9III 206 15 50 57 -33 37 38


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