Canis Major and Lepus constellations
Canis Major and Lepus constellations. Illustrated card from a 19th century astronomical teaching aid called Urania's Mirror, after the Greek muse of astronomy. There are 32 cards in total. The cards are pierced with holes corresponding to the brightest stars so the pattern of the constellations can be seen when held up to the light. The cards were published in London, England, and it is thought they date from around 1825. This card shows the constellations Canis Major (the great dog), Lepus (the hare), Columba (the dove, also called Columba Noachi, Noah's Dove), and Caelum (or Cela, the chisel, also called the sculptor's chisel). For all 32 cards, see V700/172-203.
© Royal Astronomical Society/Science Photo Library
Mountain hare (Lepus timidus) in extreme winds with spin drifts of snow, Cairngorms National Park
Mountain hare (Lepus timidus) in extreme winds with spin drifts of snow, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK, February 2018. Winner of the Animals in their Environment Category of the British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) Competition 2018.
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Hares and hooded rabbit, Oryctolagus cuniculus
Hares and hooded rabbit, Oryctolagus cuniculus, Lepus capensis, Lepus timidus.. Handcolored copperplate engraving from Ebenezer Sibly's Universal System of Natural History, 1794. The prolific Sibly published his Universal System of Natural History in 1794-1796 in five volumes covering the three natural worlds of fauna, flora and geology.
© Florilegius / Mary Evans