Lepus, the Hare, is a collection of stars lying directly southward of Orion, and westward of Sirius in Canis Major. Lepus includes no particularly brightstars (the brightest, Arneb, has a magnitude of just +2.6) but in combination they form a shape reminiscent of a hare's head and body with two long ears.
This group of stars has been known as the Hare since ancient times, but it does not appear to be connected to any specific myth or story. Instead it is said to simply represent a hare being chased across the sky by the HunterOrion and his two hunting dogs, Canis Major and Canis Minor.
Southward of Arneb is Beta Leporis or Nihal, whose name comes from an alternative Arabic description of this constellation: Al Nihál, 'The Drinking (Camels)'. Though far less luminous than Arneb, yellow Nihal is also far closer to Earth - roughly a tenth of the distance - and appears only slightly less bright than its neighbour Arneb in the sky.
To the west and east of Arneb and Nihal, six other stars outline the shape of the Hare's head and body. Two further stars extend northward from the 'head' - Kappa and Lambda Leporis - giving the constellation the distinctive 'ears' that gained it its name.
The constellation Lepus describes an area of space looking outward from the Galactic disc into intergalactic space, and so contains few deep sky objects within the Milky Way Galaxy itself. One notable exception is IC 418, the so-called Spirograph Nebula, a planetary nebula that takes its name from the complex spiralling patterns within its structure.