Leo

The Lion

GenitiveLeonis
AbbreviationLeo
Right Ascension09h18 to 11h56
Declination-6.4° to +33.3°
Area (sq deg)947
Brightest StarRegulus
Optimum VisibilityMarch
Map of Leo
Relative Galactic Position of Leo

Leo is a neighbour of Coma Berenices, home of the Northern Galactic Pole, and so lies almost directly 'upward' through the plane of the Milky Way.

This zodiacal constellation is unmistakably shaped liked the lion from which it takes its name. It contains the well-known blue dwarf star Regulus, and a number of spiral galaxies.

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