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Lupus the Wolf
|Lupus is one of the ancient constellations,
created before history was regularly written. It has long been known
as a 'beast'. The Arabs thought of it as a leopard, the Greek and
Romans as a wild beast; the figure of a wolf seems to originate from more
recent times. In the older, elaborate picture atlases Lupus is drawn
being held by Centaurus as a spear is stabbed into his throat. Lupus is
then to be offered as a sacrifice on Ara the Altar to the gods.
It does not contain any really bright stars nor any particularly bright
deep sky objects but lies in a conspicuous region of the Milky Way in between
Scorpius and Centaurus. Most of the bright stars that you see in
Lupus are part of what is known as the Scorpio-Centaurus OB association.
These are hot stars that appear to be of similar age and are thought to
be the remains of a open cluster that passed through our area in the last
several million years.
An excerpt from Johan van
Keulen's Boeck zee-kaardt, 1709.
Lupus is often shown being
impaled on the Centaur's spear.
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