Leo Minor

Tuesday 19 September 2017 - 20:49:50 Posted by  Bobby

 Invention of Leo Minor

Leo Minor is 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.

 The Facts

  • Depiction: The Lesser Lion
  • Pronounced: LEE-oh MY-ner
  • Genitive: Leonis Minoris
  • Abbreviation: LMi
  • Highest in the Sky: March to April
  • Size Ranking: 64th
  • Coverage Area: 232 Sq. Degrees
  • Right Acension: 10 hours
  • Declination: 35°
  • Visibility: 90°N to 48°S

 Notable Objects

  • Beta Leonis Minoris: Double star

 Named Stars

  • 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.
Leo Minor

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