The region of the sky directly to the south of Orion is occupied by Lepus, representing a Hare that is commonly seen as one of the quarries of the Hunter to the north. Lepus' most notable stars are Arneb and Nihal (Alpha and Beta Leporis) which define the body of the Hare, while less prominent stars outline its head and ears.
Lepus in the Sky
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.
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.