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Constellation Lupus (Wolf)

Constellation Lupus (Wolf)

Southern Hemisphere




The Wolf (lat. Lupus) is an inconspicuous constellation of the southern hemisphere. Only the stars α, β, and γ Lupi are brighter than the third magnitude. Kappa Lupi is a binary star.

How to spot Lupus

With an area of 344 square degrees, Lupus is best to be seen in the summer. It is located between the constellations Scorpius, Centaurus, Norma and Circinus.


In antiquity, the constellation was associated with the creature UR-IDIM, whose head and body were human, but the legs of a lion. Lupus belongs to the 48 constellations of antiquity, which were described by Ptolemy. Due to the precessional movement of the Earth, the constellation has moved further south.