Constellation Lions: location and bright stars
In the night sky, even with the naked eye, you canto observe the constellation Lions. Located next to the Great and Lesser Leo have long been the subject of study of astronomers, in no way inferior in this sense to other constellations. Where and when can they be seen in the sky? What luminaries are included in these constellations? This we will try to find out further.
Both constellations are in the Northern Hemisphere. Of these, of course, the Big Leo is more famous. His prototype was the Nemean Leo, the same one with which the hero of Greek mythology Hercules fought desperately. The Little Lion is located between the Big Dipper and the Lion. The close proximity of these constellations on the night sky does not give reason to consider them under the general name "Constellation of Lions". Most often they are mentioned separately.
And not in vain. After all, the Great Lion and reasons to boast much more. His brightest star Regulus (translated from the Latin "king") is brighter than our Sun 160 times and about 3 times larger than it. Other brightest stars in the constellation of Leo: Denebola, Algieb, Zosma and Algenubi.
It is located next to such constellations as Virgo, Cancer, Sextant, Chalices. In total, it has about 70 stars, but most of them are poorly visible.
The shape of the constellation is similar to the wrong oneHexagon, on one side of which there is a curl in the form of an inverted question mark. This curl is the alleged mane of a lion, and six of its stars form the famous Serpus asterism.
In the constellation of Leo, there are many interesting objects: galaxies, double and variable stars, which can only be viewed in a powerful telescope.
The best constellation is seen in February and March, and in mid-November, you can observe the meteor shower of Leonida, the maximum of which falls on November 17.
The Little Leo Constellation
Small Lion is a very small constellation,which contains 34 stars. It is best seen in the spring and summer periods. This constellation is not so remarkable, unlike the older brother. There are no interesting objects in it, and its brightest stars do not form a clear geometric figure.
The discovery of the Little Lion was performed by Jan Hevelius in 1610year. He was the first to place the constellation in his "Uranographia" atlas. Later, astronomer Francis Bailey, pointing to the bright stars of the Little Lion, noted only the second in brightness, completely forgetting about the first.
Constellation Lions are two constellations,located nearby. In the Northern Hemisphere, they can be seen almost always, although they are particularly well seen in the spring. On the heavenly atlases, astronomers placed them next to each other, since it was believed that the Little Leo, in its influence, should be similar to the Great Lion.