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).
July 23 - August 22
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
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.