|alpha Lupi||magn. 2,9||RA: 14h 41m 55.80s||Dec: -47° 23' 17.4"|
|beta Lupi||magn. 2,8||RA: 14h 58m 31.92s||Dec: -43° 08' 02.4"|
|gamma Lupi||magn. 3,0||RA: 15h 35m 08.46s||Dec: -41° 10' 00.5"|
|delta Lupi||magn. 3,4||RA: 15h 21m 22.33s||Dec: -40° 38' 51.6"|
|zeta Lupi||magn. 3,5||RA: 15h 12m 17.15s||Dec: -52° 05' 56.8"|
|Description||Constellation of middling dimensions, situated to the east of Centaurus.
It contains many double and multiple stars, among which the best are epsilon, kappa, my, xi and pi Lupi, all easily visible with small telescopes. More difficulty it is separating eta Lupi, since it is a couple of stars with a big difference of shine: a blue star of third magnitude with a companion of eighth magnitude.
|The Greeks called this constellation Therion, that is "wild animal", while the Romans gave it the name of Bestia. This undefined animal is represented in the sky while it is about to be sacrificed by Centaurus on Ara.
It seems that the identification of the Therion with a wolf became popular at the beginning of XV century.