Leo Minor

Leo Minor

English nameLesser Lion

No star of the constellation exceeds the magnitude 3,5.

DescriptionVery weak constellation, between Ursa Maior and Leo. It doesn't contain particular objects visible with small telescopes.

and history
The constellation was drawn in 1687 by Johannes Hevelius.

Curiously, it hasn't a star alpha, although there is a star beta Leonis Minoris: it seems that this is due to a slip of the English astronomer Francis Baily, who left without letter, by mistake, the brightest star of the constellation. Hevelius probably gave this star the name of Praecipua ("principal", in Latin), but such denomination was out of luck. Today the brightest star of Leo Minor is identified with the Flamsteed number: 46 Leonis Minoris.

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