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Zodiac: Gemini
May 22 - Jun 21
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Leo (Lion)

The Lion is a large constellation that makes it rather easy to recognize the lion in the stars. It supposedly was the first task of Hercules to kill the Lion, according to the ancient myth.
This constellation belongs to the zodiac. Its time of the year is between July 23 and August 22. This constellation does not belong to the zodiac. It's brightest star is Regulus (α Leonis).
Neighboring constellations are Lynx, Cancer, Hydra, Sextans, Crater, Virgo, Coma Berenices, Ursa Major, and Leo Minor.
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Latin name:  Leo (Leo)
English name:  Lion
Abbreviation:  Leo
Zodiac:  July 23 - August 22
Brightest star:  Regulus (α Leonis)

The Lion is a very distinct constellation, and one of the few constellations where its shape actually has some similarity to the figure it represents. It is fairly easy to recognize the lion in the stars of this constellation, sitting in the night sky. The Lion is an old constellation, known by the ancient Greek already. Apparently, it was the first task of Hercules to kill the lion.
The lion contains a lot of bright stars and attractive deep-sky objects. The brightest star is Regulus at a distance of 85 light years. With a magnitude of 1.4mag, it is one of the brightest stars in the night sky. Regulus is actually a double star, but its companion is too faint to be visiible with the naked eye.
Every year between mid-August and mid-September, the Leonids can be seen. It is a meteor shower. Falling stars will appear as if they were falling from the lion.

Objects in Lion

A selection of interesting objects visible with a telescope.
M66 (NGC 3627, Leo Triplet)
a bar galaxy in the constellation Lion
Image credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration. Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin and Robert Gendler
License: creative commons (cc) Attribution 3.0 Unported

M65 (NGC 3623, Leo Triplet)
a spiral galaxy in the constellation Lion
Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA
License: creative commons (cc) Attribution 3.0 Unported

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