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Tuesday 19 September 2017 - 20:49:50Posted by Bobby
Invention of Leo Minor
Leo Minoris a faint constellation representing a lion cub, it is squeezed between Leo and Ursa Major. It was invented in the 17th century by Johannes Hevelius. Its brightest star is 46 Leonis Minoris, magnitude 3.8, but it contains little interest to owners of small instruments.
Depiction: The Lesser Lion
Pronounced: LEE-oh MY-ner
Genitive: Leonis Minoris
Highest in the Sky: March to April
Size Ranking: 64th
Coverage Area: 232 Sq. Degrees
Right Acension: 10 hours
Visibility: 90°N to 48°S
Beta Leonis Minoris: Double star
Praecipua, 46 Leonis Minoris
Best Viewed Objects/Stars
Beta Leonis Minoris
A close double star. It appears to the naked eye as a single star of magnitude 4.2, and its components can be separted only through a telescope of very large aperture. The two stars, which are 145 light-years away, have an orbital period of 39 years. This is the only star in the constellation to have been assigned a Greek letter.