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Lepus(lee -pŭs) (Hare) A constellation in the southern hemisphere just south of Orion. The brightest star is the very luminous remote Arneb (α), which is of 2nd magnitude. R Leporis, an intensely red variable star with a period of 430 days during which it ranges in magnitude between 11.7 and about 5.5, is known as Hind's crimson star. The constellation also contains the globular cluster M79 (NGC 1904), a beautiful sight in a 200-millimeter telescope. Abbrev.: Lep; genitive form: Leporis; approx. position: RA 5.5h, dec –20°; area: 290 sq deg.
A southern constellation, right ascension 5.5 hours, declination 20°S. Also known as Hare.
The type genus of the family Leporidae, comprising the typical hares.