Hind's Crimson Star (R Leporus) in Lepus
Blood of the Hare
At the feet of the celestial hunter (Orion) and near the jaws of his largest hunting dog (Canis
Major) rests the corpse of the hare (Lepus). Only one drop of its blood shows in the night sky.
When the famous British Astronomer J.R. Hind, in 1845, came across the star R-Leporus he
wrote “like a drop of blood on a black field”. It is a good description of how this star appears.
This variable Carbon Star is now referred to as Hind’s Crimson Star. When searching through
the telescope for Hind’s Crimson Star its abnormally dark red color makes it standout in the
When at its brightest it can be visible without binoculars or telescope under a dark sky. I
confess, however, that I have only seen it in binoculars or through a telescope. It is always below
the ability of my eyes to see when I have search for it in the past.