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Leo Minor (The Lesser Lion) Constellation

Altitude: 3.0°   Azimuth: 35.7°   Direction: North-East

Leo Minor (pronounced ˈliːoʊ ˈmaɪnər) is the Latin name of a constellation situated north of the celestial equator. As such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere.

In English language this constellation is also known as "The Lesser lion" while in astronomical texts and literature this constellation is often abbreviated as "LMi" (according to the standard of the International Astronomical Union - IAU) or as "LMin" (according to a naming convention used by NASA).

The Latin genitive of the constellation name is "Leonis Minoris" (pronounced liːˈoʊnɪs mɪˈnɒrɪs) and it is used to identify some of the brightest stars in this constellation based on the Bayer or Flamsteed star naming convention. For instance: α Leonis Minoris (the brightest star of Leo Minor based on the Bayer catalog); or 23 Leonis Minoris (the 23th star in the constellation of Leo Minor based on the Flamsteed catalog).

Leo Minor is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt. Altitude: 3°.
Available Resources for Leo Minor

Sky Chart of Leo Minor Constellation

Here we provide a simplified sky chart of the Leo Minor constellation. Alternatively it is possible to locate Leo Minor in the night sky using our Online Interactive Planetarium.

Chart of  constellation
This constellation image is derivatve work based on original work by IAU and Sky & Telescope magazine (Roger Sinnott & Rick Fienberg) CC-BY-3.0.

Visibility of Leo Minor Constellation

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Leo Minor rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 56.9°
Max altitude: 71.6°
Azimuth: 303.1°
Leo Minor is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times provided here are just directional indications and they refer to a point approximately placed at the center of the constellation. In case of very large constellations these times can have little relevance.

Bright Stars in Leo Minor Constellation

The table below lists the top 20 brightest stars in the Leo Minor constellation. See also the complete list of 36 stars brighter than magnitude 6.5 (approximate) in the constellation of Leo Minor. Click on each star to see more details about it.

HR Number(*) Star designation Proper name Visual magnitude Color Notes
HR4247 46 Leonis Minoris Praecipua 3.83 Variable;
HR4100 β Leonis Minoris 4.21 Double;
HR3974 21 Leonis Minoris 4.48 Variable;
HR3800 10 Leonis Minoris 4.55 Variable;
HR4166 37 Leonis Minoris 4.71
HR4090 30 Leonis Minoris 4.74
HR4192 41 Leonis Minoris 5.08
HR3928 19 Leonis Minoris 5.14
HR4203 42 Leonis Minoris 5.24 Double;
HR4024 23 Leonis Minoris 5.35
HR3951 20 Leonis Minoris 5.36 Double;
HR3769 8 Leonis Minoris 5.37 Variable;
HR3815 11 Leonis Minoris 5.41 Variable; Double;
HR4081 28 Leonis Minoris 5.5
HR4189 40 Leonis Minoris 5.51 Multiple;
HR4137 34 Leonis Minoris 5.58
HR4113 32 Leonis Minoris 5.77
HR3993 5.85 Variable;
HR4168 38 Leonis Minoris 5.85
HR3764 7 Leonis Minoris 5.85 Multiple;
...go to the complete list of 36 bright stars in the constellation of Leo Minor

(*) HR stands for Harvard Revised Bright Star Catalogue, which is also known as the Yale Catalogue of Bright Stars.

Deep Sky Objects in Leo Minor Constellation

The table below lists the 20 brightest deep sky objects in the Leo Minor constellation. See also the complete list of 111 deep sky objects in the constellation of Leo Minor. The list includes objects from the Messier, New General Catalogue (NGC) and Index Catalogue (IC).

Name Type Magnitude
NGC 3344 Galaxy 9.86 (V)
NGC 3486 Galaxy 10.53 (V)
NGC 3294 Galaxy 11.5 (B)
NGC 3245 Galaxy 11.6 (B)
NGC 3254 Galaxy 11.6 (V)
NGC 3432 Galaxy 11.67 (V)
NGC 3277 Galaxy 11.68 (V)
NGC 2859 Galaxy 11.8 (B)
NGC 3395 Galaxy 12.1 (V)
NGC 3414 Galaxy 12.1 (B)
NGC 3430 Galaxy 12.2 (B)
NGC 3003 Galaxy 12.3 (B)
NGC 3396 Galaxy 12.5 (V)
NGC 3021 Galaxy 12.6 (B)
NGC 3381 Galaxy 12.8 (B)
NGC 3512 Galaxy 12.87 (V)
NGC 3504 Galaxy 12.93 (V)
NGC 3413 Galaxy 13.1 (B)
NGC 3424 Galaxy 13.2 (B)
NGC 3158 Galaxy 13.4 (B)
...go to the complete list of 111 deep sky objects in the constellation of Leo Minor