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Lupus (The Wolf)

Lupus (pronounced ˈljuːpəs) is the Latin name of a constellation situated south of the celestial equator. As such, it is more easily visible from the southern hemisphere.

In English language this constellation is also known as "The Wolf" while in astronomical texts and literature this constellation is often abbreviated as "Lup" (according to the standard of the International Astronomical Union - IAU) or as "Lupi" (according to a naming convention used by NASA).

The Latin genitive of the constellation name is "Lupi" (pronounced ˈljuːpaɪ) and it is used to identify some of the brightest stars in this constellation based on the Bayer or Flamsteed star naming convention. For instance: α Lupi (the brightest star of Lupus based on the Bayer catalog); or 23 Lupi (the 23th star in the constellation of Lupus based on the Flamsteed catalog).

Lupus is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
Available Resources for Lupus

Sky chart of Lupus from your location

Here we provide a simplified sky chart of the Lupus constellation. Alternatively it is possible to locate Lupus in the night sky using our Online Interactive Planetarium.

Chart of  constellation
This constellation image is derivatve work based on original work by IAU and Sky & Telescope magazine (Roger Sinnott & Rick Fienberg) CC-BY-3.0.

Visibility of Lupus from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Lupus is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

The rise and set times provided here are just directional indications and they refer to a point approximately placed at the center of the constellation. In case of very large constellations these times can have little relevance.

Top bright stars in Lupus

The table below lists the top 20 brightest stars in the Lupus constellation. See also the complete list of 115 stars brighter than magnitude 6.5 (approximate) in the constellation of Lupus. Click on each star to see more details about it.

HR Number(*) Star designation Proper name Visual magnitude Color Notes
HR5469 α Lupi 2.3 Variable; Double;
HR5571 β Lupi 2.68
HR5776 γ Lupi 2.78 Double;
HR5695 δ Lupi 3.22 Variable;
HR5708 ε Lupi 3.37 Variable; Multiple;
HR5649 ζ Lupi 3.41 Double;
HR5948 η Lupi 3.41 Multiple;
HR5354 ι Lupi 3.55 Variable;
HR5705 φ1 Lupi 3.56 Multiple;
HR5646 κ1 Lupi 3.87 Double;
HR5883 χ Lupi 3.95
HR5626 λ Lupi 4.05 Double;
HR5453 ρ Lupi 4.05 Variable;
HR5987 θ Lupi 4.23
HR5683 μ Lupi 4.27 Multiple;
HR5528 ο Lupi 4.32 Double;
HR5797 ω Lupi 4.33 Double;
HR5686 2 Lupi 4.34 Variable;
HR5396 τ2 Lupi 4.35 Double;
HR5425 σ Lupi 4.42
...go to the complete list of 115 bright stars in the constellation of Lupus

(*) HR stands for Harvard Revised Bright Star Catalogue, which is also known as the Yale Catalogue of Bright Stars.

Top deep sky objects in Lupus

The table below lists the 20 brightest deep sky objects in the Lupus constellation. See also the complete list of 28 deep sky objects in the constellation of Lupus. The list includes objects from the Messier, New General Catalogue (NGC) and Index Catalogue (IC).

Name Type Magnitude
NGC 5822 Open Cluster 6.5 (V)
NGC 5986 Globular Cluster 6.92 (V)
NGC 5749 Open Cluster 8.8 (V)
NGC 5824 Globular Cluster 9.56 (V)
NGC 5882 Planetary Nebula 10.18 (V)
IC 4406 Planetary Nebula 10.2 (V)
NGC 5873 Planetary Nebula 11 (V)
NGC 5530 Galaxy 11 (V)
IC 4441 Galaxy 11.55 (V)
NGC 5764 Open Cluster 12.6 (V)
NGC 5688 Galaxy 12.62 (B)
IC 4402 Galaxy 12.79 (B)
NGC 6026 Planetary Nebula 12.9 (V)
NGC 5670 Galaxy 12.96 (B)
NGC 5843 Galaxy 13.12 (B)
IC 4523 Galaxy 13.2 (B)
NGC 5643 Galaxy 13.6 (V)
IC 4390 Galaxy 13.81 (B)
IC 4472 Galaxy 13.95 (B)
NGC 5968 Galaxy 14.32 (V)
...go to the complete list of 28 deep sky objects in the constellation of Lupus