Lupus Constellation

"The Wolf"


It is located in the third quadrant of the southern hemisphere (SQ3) and can be seen at latitudes between +35 degrees and -90 degrees. The Lupus constellation represents a wolf. It is part of the 88 modern constellations.
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An animated image of Lupus

What time of year can you SEE Lupus best?

Best seen at culmination in the month of June.

How can you RECOGNIZE Lupus?

Lies between Centaurus and Scorpius. The constellation is hard to be distinguished from Centaurus, as it is in the same image.
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Some illustrations of Lupus are quite attractive, such as the one that depicts Centaurus, standing over the Southern Cross, engaging Lupus the Wolf.

How to FIND Lupus in the sky

To find Lupus, you must be in the southern hemisphere. In the southern hemisphere, Lupus lies in the third quadrant. Then, you will find Lupus between +35 degrees and -90 degrees (as already stated above).

Interesting FACTS about Lupus

Lupus is the 46th constellation in size, occupying an area of 334 square degrees.

The brightest star in the constellation is Men, Alpha Lupi, with an apparent visual magnitude of 2.30.

There are no meteor showers associated with the constellation.

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A map of Lupus with the main stars labelled

MYTH of Lupus

The ancient Greeks called this constellation Therion (Θηρίον), representing an unspecified wild animal, while the Romans called it Bestia, the Beast. It was visualized as impaled on a long pole called a thyrsus, held by the adjoining constellation of Centaurus, the Centaur. Consequently, the constellations of the Centaur and the animal were often regarded as a combined figure.

The Babylonians knew this constellation as UR.IDIM, meaning ‘wild dog’ or ‘wolf’. Eratosthenes said that the Centaur was holding the animal towards the altar (the constellation Ara) as though about to sacrifice it. Hyginus referred to the animal as simply ‘a victim’, while Germanicus Caesar said that the Centaur was either carrying game from the woods, or was bringing gifts to the altar. The identification of this constellation with a wolf seems to have started in Renaissance times.


Lupus does not have any asterisms, but in ancient times, people believed Lupus was an asterism of Centaurus.
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An animation of the Lupus constellation