Leo, is the constellation
also known as the LION. Leo is a large and attractive constellation of the zodiac lies between Cancer
[hide][top]How to Find Leo the Constellation
It contains one 1m star, Regulus
, which with five others further north arranged in a semi-circle, form the Sickle, the most conspicuous object in the constellation. There are two or three bright stars
northeastward from Regulus, and one 2m star 25 east of it named Denebola. Denebola forms an almost equilateral triangle with Spica and Arcturus. This brings us entirely round the heavens, whence we began with the summer constellations
of the northern hemisphere.
[hide][top]Leo the Constellation's Myth
This is the Nemean Lion slain by Hercules
. So says the Greek fable, but the Egyptian charts placed a lion in this part of the sky long before the birth of the fabled Hercules. No modern imagination, however, can trace the
form of a lion in the constellation.
[hide][top]Notable Deep Sky Objects in Leo the Lion
Leo contains many bright galaxies. Leo includes many Messier objects
and makes for a great stopping point in any Messier
110 or hunt. The list includes Messier 65 (M65
), Messier 66 M66
), Messier 95 (M95), Messier 96 (M96), and Messier 105 (M105) - the first two being part of the Leo Triplet
Leo also includes NGC
3628 and NGC 2903
The Leo Ring, a cloud of hydrogen and helium gas, is found in orbit of two galaxies found within this constellation.