One of the constellations known to the ancient Greeks, Lepus lies under the feet of Orion, the hunter. It represents a hare, pursued across the sky by one of Orion's dogs, Canis Major. Surrounded by the sparkling stars of Orion and Canis Major, it is often overlooked, but is well worth attention. Its brightest star, Alpha Leporis, magnitude 2.6, is known as Arneb, from the Arabic meaning "hare." According to one legend, the constellation commemorates a plague of hares that overran the Greek island of Leros when a breeding program got out of hand.
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