Lepus is a Southern Hemisphere constellation otherwise known as the Hare. It is one of the 48 Greek constellations originally described by the 2nd century astronomer Claudius Ptolemy (Wikipedia). Lepus remains one of the 88 modern constellations defined by the International Astronomical Union (Wikipedia).

Lepus (abbrev. = Lep; genitive = Leporis) covers 290 square degrees or 0.70% of the celestial sphere making it the 51st largest constellation. It contains 73 stars brighter than apparent magnitude 6.5, the brightest star being Arneb. See the Lepus Star Chart for a figure illustrating this constellation including the identification of its brighter stars.

For more information see the entries for Lepus at Wikipedia and U. Wisconsin. For a chart of Lepus, see Lep (IAU).

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