Lupus

Sofie Hart

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The Constellation Lupus

Many people love animals and when choosing a favorite, many people will go for a wolf or a fox or something similar. The constellation Lupus itself is a wolf, so what is not to like? The Latin word ‘Lupus’ actually means ‘the wolf.’ It is a resemblance of a wolf being impaled by neighboring constellation Centaurus to be sacrificed on altar, Ara.

Back then, the stars represented King Lycaon of Arcadia. The king’s biggest problem would be to keep his temper one and that cost him once. King Lycaon met a lovely lady and wanted to marry her. Her father, Jupiter, was to feast alongside Lycaon to give his blessing. The king decided to trick Jupiter into eating human flesh but failed. Jupiter put a curse on the king to turn into a wolf and roam the world as so. The reason you should like this constellation is because it has a great backstory as to how the wolf got where it is.

46th constellation in size, reaching 334 square degrees. It has 12 main stars and has no Caldwell objects. Its brightest star is a blue-white star that people call Alpha Lupi. Lupus is also a cancerous disease that some people manage to get. It was one of the first 48 constellations identified by Ptolemy. It is not a zodiac sign and it can be seen between +35o and -90o of latitude. It can be seen best from the southern hemisphere and is very difficult to see in the northern.

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