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Leo Minor Constellation

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 brightest star in Leo Minor is Praecipua. There are 2 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site.

Leo Minor Star and Deep Space Object Count

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.

Stars of Interest

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 326163.3 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.

Meteor Showers

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.

NameActivityPeak ActivityClosest Star
Leo MinoridsOct 19 - Oct 27 Oct 23
December Leonis Minoris5 Dec- 4 Feb20-Dec

Leo Minor Facts

NameLeo Minor
Is a Zodiac Sign No
Brightest StarPraecipua
Area231.956 sq. deg.
Percentage of Night Sky0.56%
Size Position64th
Hemisphere Northern
Site Exoplanet Count2
Meteor Shower Count8
Nearest Star11 Leonis Minoris
Nearest Star with Exoplanet(s)HD 87883
Dimmest Star33 Leonis Minoris
Furthest StarHIP 47579
Bright Star Count22
Hipparcos Star Count607
Main Star Count4
Messier Deep Space Object Count0
*Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count0
Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding ConstellationsUrsa 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.

Leo Minor Constellation Map

Leo Minor Constellation Star Map

The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.

List of Stars with Exoplanets in Leo Minor

StarDistance (Lt. Yrs.)Exoplanet CountDeclinationRight Ascension
HD 82886409.241+34d 46` 51.009h 35m 45.17
HD 8788359.381+34d 14` 32.710h 08m 43.18

List of Named Stars in Leo Minor without Extrasolar Planets

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.

StarDistance (Lt. Yrs.)DeclinationRight Ascension
10 Leonis Minoris185.00+36d 23` 51.409h 34m 13.38
11 Leonis Minoris37.08+35d 48` 38.809h 35m 40.03
13 Leonis Minoris173.77+35d 05` 36.609h 42m 42.75
16 Leonis Minoris1309.89+39d 37` 54.109h 50m 13.87
19 Leonis Minoris91.80+41d 03` 20.509h 57m 41.14
20 Leonis Minoris49.08+31d 55` 29.010h 01m 01.02
21 Leonis Minoris92.11+35d 14` 40.910h 07m 25.73
22 Leonis Minoris662.93+31d 28` 05.110h 15m 06.36
23 Leonis Minoris260.72+29d 18` 38.010h 16m 14.48
24 Leonis Minoris108.25+28d 40` 57.710h 16m 28.12
27 Leonis Minoris242.32+33d 54` 29.410h 23m 06.34
28 Leonis Minoris424.14+33d 43` 06.710h 24m 08.61
29 Leonis Minoris411.30+35d 25` 32.110h 25m 45.00
30 Leonis Minoris233.31+33d 47` 46.510h 25m 54.87
32 Leonis Minoris755.01+38d 55` 30.510h 30m 06.46
33 Leonis Minoris254.42+32d 22` 46.310h 31m 51.36
34 Leonis Minoris683.78+34d 59` 19.310h 33m 30.93
35 Leonis Minoris156.43+36d 19` 37.210h 36m 21.39
36 Leonis Minoris1443.20+34d 04` 43.010h 37m 52.28
37 Leonis Minoris578.30+31d 58` 34.410h 38m 43.21
38 Leonis Minoris170.68+37d 54` 36.410h 39m 07.80
40 Leonis Minoris157.80+26d 19` 32.510h 43m 01.95
41 Leonis Minoris229.21+23d 11` 18.210h 43m 25.03
42 Leonis Minoris382.37+30d 40` 56.610h 45m 51.91
43 Leonis Minoris590.88+29d 24` 58.110h 48m 57.28
44 Leonis Minoris282.64+27d 58` 25.910h 49m 53.73
48 Leonis Minoris387.83+25d 29` 26.610h 54m 42.20
50 Leonis Minoris256.02+25d 30` 00.910h 56m 34.44
51 Leonis Minoris180.90+25d 12` 07.411h 05m 15.73
7 Leonis Minoris501.79+33d 39` 21.009h 30m 43.23
8 Leonis Minoris479.65+35d 06` 12.609h 31m 32.45
9 Leonis Minoris486.09+36d 29` 13.309h 33m 30.33
Beta Leonis Minoris153.92+36d 42` 26.910h 27m 53.09
Praecipua94.87+34d 12` 56.010h 53m 18.64
R Leonis Minoris1132.51+34d 30` 42.809h 45m 34.28
RX Leonis Minoris811.35+31d 41` 49.410h 42m 11.27
VW Leonis Minoris436.63+30d 24` 54.711h 02m 51.90

Leo Minor Constellation's Star Breakdown

Type Breakdown

FYellow-White 6,000 - 7,500k186
GYellow 5,200 - 6,000k180
KLight Orange Star 3,700 - 5,200k150
AWhite 7,500 - 10,000k45
MRed Dwarf Star <3,700k22
BBlue-White 10,500 - 30,000k2
OBlue Star >33,000k1

Size Breakdown

IIINormal Giant61
VMain Sequence51
IIBright Giant2

Breakdown of Dwarf Stars by Type

sdsd Type SubDwarf Star1

Breakdown of Carbon Stars by Type

SS-Type Carbon Star1

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