Abbreviation: Leo Minor
English Name: The Small Lion
Genitive: Praecipua (46 Leonis Minoris)
Hemisphere: Northern Hemisphere
Location: Between the constellations of Ursa Major and Leo.
Visible between latitudes: +90 and -35 degrees
Best season: Spring
Seen in three seasons: Winter, Spring and Summer
Best seen in: March/April
Seen between: January and June
Right Ascension (RA): 10 hour
Declination (DEC): +35 degrees
Area (square degrees): 232 (64th)
Leo Minor (The Small Lion)
- Leo Minor is a faint constellation, sometimes its called The Little Lion.
- It has no star above magnitude +3.8, the brightest star is Praecipua (46 Leonis Minoris)
- It contains little of interests to the small telescope owners.
- No Messier objects in Leo Minor.
Features of Interest
- NGC 3158 – Galaxy Group; Opening V-shaped asterism because in the centre of NGC 3158 – it’s not that faint though; it has a magniude +11.9, has numerous surrounding very small galaxies, showing other similar nearby objects (between magnitude +13.3 and magnitude +15.4 that request to be seen with a large telescope); all objects NGC 3160, NGC 3159, NGC3152, NGC3161, NGC 3179, NGC 3163, NGC 3151, NGC 3150, and NGC 3219.
- Praecipua (46 Leonis Minoris)
- Photo of the constellation; Leo Minor. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart – Leo Minor
- List of stars in Leo Minor.
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