Lepus: The Hare


Lepus, The Hare

Lepus as depicted by Johann Bayer in his Uranometria (1624). Source image provided by www.RareMaps.com — Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc.

Lepus Constellation Profile
Abbreviation: Lep Genitive: Leporis Origin: Ancient
Location: Southern Hemisphere Size/Area: 290 sq. deg. Size Rank: 51
On Meridian: 9pm January 25th Best View (North): Winter Best View (South):
Bordering Constellations: Orion, Eridanus, Caelum, Columba, Canis Major, Monoceros


The Myth Behind the Constellation Lepus

Lepus, “The Hare”, is said to have been placed in the sky by Hermes because of its swiftness.  The hare is also said to be the favorite prey off Orion, the Hunter, and his dogs.

Lepus Constellation Points of Interest

Interesting Objects in the Constellation Lepus
Name Messier NGC Type Visibility
M79 NGC 1904 Globular Cluster Binoculars


Bright Stars in Lepus

These are the stars in Lepus with a minimum magnitude of 3.0.

Name Bayer Name Magnitude Color Luminosity Distance
Arneb Alpha Leporis 2.58  Yellow-White 13,561 suns 1305 ly
Nihal Beta Leporis 2.81  Yellow 191 suns 159 ly