Lupus - The Wolf

Last Updated February 7, 2019 by Tim Trott. First Published in 2012.

Lupus is one of the 88 modern constellations and was also one of the 48 in Ptolemy's Almagest. It is between Centaurus and Scorpius.

Lupus - The Wolf

Location: Southern Constellation 15h RA -43° Dec

Towards the north of the constellation are globular clusters NGC 5824 and NGC 5986, and close by the dark nebula B 228. Two open clusters are to the south of the constellation, NGC 5822 and NGC 5749. On the western border are two spiral galaxies and the Wolf-Rayet planetary nebula IC 4406, containing some of the hottest stars in existence.

Lupus Mythology

The constellation has no clear mythology, but is sometimes associated with the tale of King Lycaon. Although known from ancient times no particular animal was associated with it until the Latin translation of Ptolemy's work identified it with the wolf.

Lupus Deep Space Objects

Northern Circumpolar
CamelopardalisCassiopeiaCepheusDracoLacertaUrsa Major
Ursa Minor
Northern Spring
AntliaBoötesCancerComa BerenicesCraterHydra
LeoLeo MinorVirgo
Northern Summer
AquilaCorona BorealisCygnusDelphinusEquuleusHercules
LibraLyraOphiuchusSagittaScutumSerpens
Vulpecula
Northern Autumn
AndromedaAquariusAriesCapricornusPegasusPisces
Triangulum
Northern Autumn
AurigaCanes VenaticiCanis MajorCanis MinorCetusEridanus
GeminiLepusLynxMonocerosOrionPerseus
Taurus
Southern Constellations
ApusAraCaelumCarinaCentaurusChamaeleon
CircinusColumbaCorona AustralisCorvusCruxDorado
FornaxGrusHorologiumHydrusIndusLupus
MensaMicroscopiumMuscaNormaOctansPavo
PhoenixPictorPiscis AustrinusPuppisPyxisReticulum
SagittariusScorpiusSculptorSextansTelescopiumTriangulum Australe
TucanaVelaVolans

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