Constellation Lupus

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Constellation Lupus, Author IAU and Sky & Telescope magazine (Roger Sinnott & Rick Fienberg)

The Constellation Lupus is a grouping of stars in the southern hemisphere. Lupus is Latin for Wolf, so this constellation is also sometimes referred to as the “Wolf Constellation“.  Over time it has been known variously as different things including Ur-Idim or “wild dog” by the Ancient Babylonians and Therion or “beast” by a Greek astronomer. Because of where it is positioned so close to Constellation Centaurus, it is sometimes said that Lupus is being held and carried in the arms of Centaurus as an offering or sacrifice for the gods. In fact, it is so close to Centaurus, that for a long time it was even considered part of Centaurus. In the 2nd century BC it was finally separated by Greek astronomer Hipparchus of Bithynia and became its own constellation.

How to locate the constellation lupus
The Constellation Lupus is best viewed and most visible during the month of June. It is located between Constellation Centaurus and Constellation Hydra. It is not the easiest constellation to identify because not only does it not really look too much like a wolf, but also the stars that make up the constellation are fairly faint so it does take some work to identify them.

How many constellations are there?

There are a total of 88 officially recognized constellations in the sky!  Here is a complete list:

LatinEnglish Translation
AndromedaAndromeda, Princess of Ethiopia
AntliaAirpump
ApusBird of Paradise
AquariusWater bearer
AquilaEagle
AraAltar
AriesRam
AurigaCharioteer
BootesHerdsman
CaelumSculptor’s tool
CamelopardusGiraffe
CancerCrab
Canes VenaticiHunting dogs
Canis MajorGreat dog
Canis MinorLittle dog
CapricornusSea goat
CarinaKeel of Argonauts’ ship
CassiopeiaCassiopeia – aka – Queen of Ethiopia
CentaurusCentaur
CephusCephus – aka – King of Ethiopia
CetusWhale
ChamaeleonChameleon
CircinusCompasses
ColumbaDove
Coma BerenicesBerenice’s hair
Corona AustralisSouthern crown
Corona BorealisNorthern crown
CorvusCrow
CraterCup
CruxSouthern Cross
CygnusSwan
DelphinusPorpoise / Dophin
DoradoSwordfish / Goldfish
DracoDragon
EquuleusFilly
EridanusEridanus – River
FornaxFurnace
GeminiTwins
GrusCrane
HerculesHercules, son of Zeus
HorologiumClock
HydraSea serpent
HydrusWater snake
IndusIndian
LacertaLizard
LeoLion
Leo MinorLittle lion
LepusHare
LibraScales
LupusWolf
LynxLynx
LyraLyre / harp
MensaTable /  mountain
MicroscopiumMicroscope
MonocerosUnicorn
MuscaFly
NormaCarpenter’s Level / Straightedge
OctansOctant
OphiuchusHolder of serpent
OrionOrion, the hunter
PavoPeacock
PegasusPegasus – the winged horse
PerseusPerseus – hero who saved Andromeda
PhoenixPhoenix
PictorEasel
PiscesFishes
Piscis AustrinisSouthern fish
PuppisStern of the Argonauts’ ship
Pyxis (=Malus)Compass on the Argonauts’ ship
ReticulumNet
SagittaArrow
SagittariusArcher
ScorpiusScorpion
SculptorSculptor’s tools
ScutumShield
SerpensSerpent
SextansSextant
TaurusBull
TelescopiumTelescope
TriangulumTriangle
Triangulum AustraleSouthern triangle
TucanaToucan
Ursa MajorBig bear
Ursa MinorLittle bear
VelaSail of the Argonauts’ ship
VirgoVirgin
VolansFlying fish
VulpeculaFox
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