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Lepus – The Hare

Lepus is one of the 88 constellations within the celestial sphere.

Lepus is one of the 42 constellations that represents an animal.

Symbolism: Lepus is also known as ‘The Hare’


History & Mythology

Lepus has been known by many different cultures and represent many different things for these cultures throughout history. In Greek mythology, Lepus represents a Hare that was placed in the sky after Hares took over the island of Leros, causing devastation and starvation. Lepus is located in the celestial sphere next to the south of constellation Orion.

Key Data

Bordering Constellations: Lepus is bordered by constellations Eridanus,

Caelum, Columba, Canis Major, MonocerosOrion.  

Sky Chart #: 6.

Star Raking: 51st largest constellation in the celestial sphere. 

Main Stars: Lepus consists of 8 main stars.

Brightest Star: Alpha Leporis.


Kids Fun Facts Corner

# 1. Lepus has 3 stars with planets.

# 2. Lepus has 3 Deep-Sky Objects. M79, NGC 2017 & IC 418. 

# 3.  is the brightest star in Lepus.


Q&A Corner

Q. What is Lepus also known as?

Q. How many main stars does Lepus have?

Q. What is the brightest star in Lepus?

Q. How many stars have planets in Lepus?

Q. What number star ranking is Lepus in the celestial sphere?

Download questions about the Lepus Constellation here: Lepus Constellation (answers are on this page)

Teachers. For more in depth work sheets on constellations. Click on Kidskonnect Worksheets  

For further reading and more information on the Lepus Constellation visit

  Key Vocabulary Constellation. Star. Celestial. Sphere.


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