Constellation The Small Lion

Leo Minor (The Small Lion): gift, map and visability

  • Meaning: The Small Lion
  • Best seen in: April
  • Family: Ursa Major
  • Latitude: +90° to -45°

Leo Minor or The Small Lion is one of the 88 constellations modern astronomers have divided the sky into. It's part of the Ursa Major constellation family. Leo Minor is best seen in April (from latitudes +90° to -45°).

Added by Johannes Hevelius in the 17th century, this small constellation lays between Leo and Ursa Major. The ancient Egyptians recognized the small group of stars as the hoof prints left by a herd of gazelles as they fled from the pursuit of Leo. Eight main stars make up Leo Minor with two interacting galaxies that are in the process of merging.

Leo Minor Constellation Map

Leo Minor Constellation Map
Leo Minor icon

Main Stars in The Small Lion (Leo Minor)

The constellation Leo Minor contains several bright stars that make up its shape. Some of these main stars are known as:

  • Praecipua
  • Beta Leonis Minoris
  • 21 Leonis Minoris
  • 10 Leonis Minoris
  • 37 Leonis Minoris
  • 20 Leonis Minoris
  • 11 Leonis Minoris

Some of the deep sky objects which have been discovered in Leo Minor include: Hanny’s Voorwerp, Arp 107, NGC 3432, NGC 3003, NGC 3344, NGC 3504, NGC 3486.

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