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Leo Minor, The Small Lion 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. There is a dedicated page for exoplanets in Leo Minor. For a list of named stars, that is stars that don't start HD or HIP, please visit Leo Minor Star List Page.

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.

There are no major meteor showers that radiate from within this constellation.

Leo Minor Facts


NameLeo Minor
AbbreviationLMi
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
Lynx
Cancer
Leo

*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.



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