Leo Minor

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Abbreviation:  LMi
English Name:  The Little 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 square degrees (64th)

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Leo Minor (The Small Lion)

  • Leo Minor is a faint constellation, sometimes its called The Little Lion.
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  • It has no star above magnitude +3.8, the brightest star is Praecipua (46 Leonis Minoris)
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  • It contains little interest to the small telescope owners.

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Messier Objects in Leo Minor

No Messier objects in Leo Minor.
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More objects in Leo Minor
Select CatalogNo of Objects
Barnard (B)0x object
Caldwell (C)0x object
Collinder (Cr)0x object
New General Catalogue (NGC)63x objects
Index Catalogue (IC)49x objects
Sharpless (Sh2)0x objects

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 magnitude +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.

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Named Stars

  • Praecipua (46 Leonis Minoris)
  • more list of stars in Leo Minor

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IAU Sky Chart: Leo Minor


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Constellations – Visible from the UK

AndromedaAquariusAquilaAriesAuriga
BoötesCamelopardalisCancerCanes VenaticiCanis Major
Canis MinorCapricornusCassiopeiaCepheusComa Berenices
Corona BorealisCygnusDelphinusDracoEquuleus
GeminiHerculesLacertaLeoLeo Minor
LibraLynx LyraMonocerosOphiuchus
OrionPegasusPerseusPiscesSagitta
Serpens CaputSerpens CaudaSextansTaurusTriangulum
Ursa MajorUrsa MinorVirgoVulpecula
(44 constellations above are visible from the United Kingdom.)

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Parts visible from the UK

AntliaColumbaEridanusFornaxMicroscopium
Piscis AustrinusPuppisPyxisSagittariusScorpius
(10 constellations above are partially visible from the United Kingdom.)

(Only 10 of them even in part from the United Kingdom.)

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Constellations: Southern Celestial Hemisphere
…..never seen from the UK

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