The Constellation Directory


"The Wolf"


By IAU and Sky & Telescope magazine (Roger Sinnott & Rick Fienberg) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Abbreviation: Lup
Genitive: Lupi
Constellation family: Hercules
Nearest constellations: Centaurus, Circinus, Hydra, Libra, Norma, Scorpius
Right ascension: 15.40h
Declination: -42.96°
Visible between latitudes: +35° and -90°
Square degrees: 334
Luminary: Kakkab (Alpha Lupi)
Named stars: Kakkab
Notable deep sky objects: NGC 5822, NGC 5824, NGC 5986



By Jacopo Montano (Uranographia, Johann Bode) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Lupus is a constellation located in the Southern Hemisphere. It is best seen in June.

Lupus was the location of supernova SN 1006, the brightest stellar event in recorded history. It occurred from April 30 to May 1 of the year 1006. Visible from Earth, the supernova was three times brighter than Venus and a quarter of the Moon's brightness. Some scientists have proposed that the supernova was caused by the collision of two white dwarf stars. Including SN 1006, there have been only four supernovae of this type observed in the Milky Way.


Mythology concerning Lupus varies considerably. Some sources associate Lupus with a she-wolf who was the lover of either Apollo or Centaurus, while others refer to the constellation as representing a king who practiced human sacrifice.