Leo Minor (Pronounciation:Lee-o Mine-nore, Abbrev:LMi, Latin:Leonis Minoris) is a constellation, one of 88 constellations that the night sky is divided into. The sky is not divided up equally between the constellations. Leo Minor takes up 231.956 sq. degrees of the night sky which equates to 0.56% of the night sky. The constellation gets its name as it name means The Small Lion . It was not one of the original constellations that had been devised by Ptolemy, instead it was created by Johannes Hevelius years later.
Leo Minor is not a member of the Zodiac group of twelve constellations that appear when the Sun sets. Leo Minor is a northern hemispheric constellation which means it can't be seen easily or at all from the southern hemisphere.
The number of stars that have been catalogued as part of the Hipparcos Star Catalogue from Leo Minor is 607. The number of stars that are of magnitude 6.0 or lower in the constellation is 22. The number of stars in the constellation that make up the outline is 4.
There are no deep space objects that were identified by Charles Messier in this constellation. There are no non-Messier deep space objects in this constellation that are covered at present on this site.
The nearest star to Earth is 11 Leonis Minoris which is roughly about 37.08 Light Years from the Earth. The nearest star to the Earth with an exoplanet is HD 87883 which is about 59.38 Light Years. The furthest star that can be located in the constellation is HIP 47579 which is located about 326163 Light Years away from the Sun. The furthest figure is derived from either the 1997 or 2007 Hipparcos star catalogue parallax figure and it has been known to produce distances that are wrong.
The dimmest star that can be seen in Leo Minor with the naked eye is 33 Leonis Minoris. The dim star has an apparent magnitude of 5.9. The dimmest star that a person is able to see with their naked eye is 6.0 magnitude based on the table in the reference. Ref: University of Michigan
The caveat of these stars are that they are catalogued on this site. If you know of a star that is nearer or further then do let me know in the comments and I'll add it to the site. The stars mentioned are from the Hipparcos catalogue or have been added because of their special status.
Created by Johannes Hevelius in around 1687 and recognised by the International Astronomical Union.
There are 8 Meteor Showers that occur during the year within this constellation based on information gathered from Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland). The ones listed as the ones I've been able to find a date range for. For others if you have the time, you can visit the AMU site, obtains the SL value then use IMO tables to calculate the date. A lot of the Meteor Showers are weak and you need to do a lot of stargazing to spot them.
|Name||Activity||Peak Activity||Closest Star|
|Leo Minorids||Oct 19 - Oct 27||Oct 23|
|December Leonis Minoris||5 Dec- 4 Feb||20-Dec|
|Is a Zodiac Sign||No|
|Area||231.956 sq. deg.|
|Percentage of Night Sky||0.56%|
|Site Exoplanet Count||2|
|Meteor Shower Count||8|
|Nearest Star||11 Leonis Minoris|
|Nearest Star with Exoplanet(s)||HD 87883|
|Dimmest Star||33 Leonis Minoris|
|Furthest Star||HIP 47579|
|Bright Star Count||22|
|Hipparcos Star Count||607|
|Main Star Count||4|
|Messier Deep Space Object Count||0|
|*Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count||0|
|Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding Constellations||Ursa Major|
*Note: The number of Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count relates to how many are covered on this site not how many there are.
The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.
|Star||Distance (Lt. Yrs.)||Exoplanet Count||Declination||Right Ascension|
|HD 82886||409.24||1||+34d 46` 51.0||09h 35m 45.17|
|HD 87883||59.38||1||+34d 14` 32.7||10h 08m 43.18|
As there's so many stars in the cosmos, not all the stars are listed here. The site has lots of stars not listed so if your star isn't listed and you know the Henry Draper or Hipparcos ID, type https://www.universeguide.com/star/ then followed by the HIPNNNNNN or HDNNNN where NNNNN is the number part of the name. The stars that I do list have either a traditional name, a bayer or other classification name.
|Star||Distance (Lt. Yrs.)||Declination||Right Ascension|
|10 Leonis Minoris||185.00||+36d 23` 51.4||09h 34m 13.38|
|11 Leonis Minoris||37.08||+35d 48` 38.8||09h 35m 40.03|
|13 Leonis Minoris||173.77||+35d 05` 36.6||09h 42m 42.75|
|16 Leonis Minoris||1309.89||+39d 37` 54.1||09h 50m 13.87|
|19 Leonis Minoris||91.80||+41d 03` 20.5||09h 57m 41.14|
|20 Leonis Minoris||49.08||+31d 55` 29.0||10h 01m 01.02|
|21 Leonis Minoris||92.11||+35d 14` 40.9||10h 07m 25.73|
|22 Leonis Minoris||662.93||+31d 28` 05.1||10h 15m 06.36|
|23 Leonis Minoris||260.72||+29d 18` 38.0||10h 16m 14.48|
|24 Leonis Minoris||108.25||+28d 40` 57.7||10h 16m 28.12|
|27 Leonis Minoris||242.32||+33d 54` 29.4||10h 23m 06.34|
|28 Leonis Minoris||424.14||+33d 43` 06.7||10h 24m 08.61|
|29 Leonis Minoris||411.30||+35d 25` 32.1||10h 25m 45.00|
|30 Leonis Minoris||233.31||+33d 47` 46.5||10h 25m 54.87|
|32 Leonis Minoris||755.01||+38d 55` 30.5||10h 30m 06.46|
|33 Leonis Minoris||254.42||+32d 22` 46.3||10h 31m 51.36|
|34 Leonis Minoris||683.78||+34d 59` 19.3||10h 33m 30.93|
|35 Leonis Minoris||156.43||+36d 19` 37.2||10h 36m 21.39|
|36 Leonis Minoris||1443.20||+34d 04` 43.0||10h 37m 52.28|
|37 Leonis Minoris||578.30||+31d 58` 34.4||10h 38m 43.21|
|38 Leonis Minoris||170.68||+37d 54` 36.4||10h 39m 07.80|
|40 Leonis Minoris||157.80||+26d 19` 32.5||10h 43m 01.95|
|41 Leonis Minoris||229.21||+23d 11` 18.2||10h 43m 25.03|
|42 Leonis Minoris||382.37||+30d 40` 56.6||10h 45m 51.91|
|43 Leonis Minoris||590.88||+29d 24` 58.1||10h 48m 57.28|
|44 Leonis Minoris||282.64||+27d 58` 25.9||10h 49m 53.73|
|48 Leonis Minoris||387.83||+25d 29` 26.6||10h 54m 42.20|
|50 Leonis Minoris||256.02||+25d 30` 00.9||10h 56m 34.44|
|51 Leonis Minoris||180.90||+25d 12` 07.4||11h 05m 15.73|
|7 Leonis Minoris||501.79||+33d 39` 21.0||09h 30m 43.23|
|8 Leonis Minoris||479.65||+35d 06` 12.6||09h 31m 32.45|
|9 Leonis Minoris||486.09||+36d 29` 13.3||09h 33m 30.33|
|Beta Leonis Minoris||153.92||+36d 42` 26.9||10h 27m 53.09|
|Praecipua||94.87||+34d 12` 56.0||10h 53m 18.64|
|R Leonis Minoris||1132.51||+34d 30` 42.8||09h 45m 34.28|
|RX Leonis Minoris||811.35||+31d 41` 49.4||10h 42m 11.27|
|VW Leonis Minoris||436.63||+30d 24` 54.7||11h 02m 51.90|
|F||Yellow-White 6,000 - 7,500k||186|
|G||Yellow 5,200 - 6,000k||180|
|K||Light Orange Star 3,700 - 5,200k||150|
|A||White 7,500 - 10,000k||45|
|M||Red Dwarf Star <3,700k||22|
|B||Blue-White 10,500 - 30,000k||2|
|O||Blue Star >33,000k||1|
|sd||sd Type SubDwarf Star||1|
|S||S-Type Carbon Star||1|