Guide Home
Bot Productions Home

Leo

Quick Facts

Name:Leo
LEE-oh
Meaning:Lion
Abbreviation:Leo
Genitive:Leonis
Visible in Latitudes:90° thru -65°
Viewing Season:Spring
Best Seen In:April, 9:00 pm
Transit Date:Febrary 22
Right Ascension:10.66 hours
Declination:16.5 degrees
Area:946.964 sq. degrees

Star Diagram

Star Diagram: Leo

About Leo

Leo is the Nemean Lion from the Moon who was sent by Hera to slay Hercules. As Hercules's first labor, he killed the lion by strangling it with his bare hands. Hercules wore the skin, which made him invincible. When Hercules died, the lion was returned to the celestial heavens with Hercules.

Leo, to the Egyptians, was the place the Sun rose after creation (near Denebola) and so was called Domicilium Solis, the badge of fire and heat, or the House of the Sun.

Named Stars

 
NameStar
RegulusAlpha Leo
DenebolaBeta Leo
AlgiebaGamma 1 Leo
ZosmaDelta Leo
Ras Elased AustralisEpsilon Leo
AdhaferaZeta Leo
ChortTheta Leo
Al Minliar al AsadKappa Leo
AlterfLambda Leo
Ras Elased BorealisMu Leo
SubraOmicron Leo

Messier Objects

 
NameType
M65Spiral Galaxy
M66Spiral Galaxy
M95Spiral Galaxy
M96Spiral Galaxy
M105Elliptical Galaxy

Neighboring Constellations

CancerLeo Minor
Coma BerenicesSextans
CraterUrsa Major
HydraVirgo
©2016 Bot Productions. All rights reserved.Last Updated: December 8, 2000