Constellation The Lion

Leo (The Lion): gift, map and visability

  • Meaning: The Lion
  • Best seen in: April
  • Family: Zodiac
  • Latitude: +90° to -65°

Leo or The Lion is one of the 88 constellations modern astronomers have divided the sky into. It's part of the Zodiac constellation family. Leo is best seen in April (from latitudes +90° to -65°).

Eratosthenes and Hyginus both agree that the lion was placed in the sky because it is the king of beasts. In mythology this is the lion of Nemea, slain by Heracles as the first of his 12 labors. Six stars arranged in the shape of a sickle outline his head and chest. People born under the sign of Leo are said to be loyal, encouraging, and ambitious.

Leo Constellation Map

Leo Constellation Map
Leo icon

Main Stars in The Lion (Leo)

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

  • Regulus
  • Beta Leonis
  • Algieba
  • Delta Leonis
  • Theta Leonis
  • Al Minliar
  • Alterf

Some of the deep sky objects which have been discovered in Leo include: Messier 65, Messier 66, NGC 3628, Messier 95, Messier 96, Messier 105.

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