Thursday, May 5, 2011

Constellation Feature: Leo the Lion

Out of the 88 constellations in Earth's night sky, Leo the Lion is one of the most well known and recognizable. To some, Leo represents the Nymean lion which was defeated by Hercules during his twelve labors. Leo is made up of two main shapes. "The Sickle" at right represents the Lion's head, and the "Right Triangle" at left represents the lions haunches and tail. There are two bright stars in Leo. Regulus (The Prince) and Denebola (The Tail of the Lion).
Leo is best viewed during the spring time. Currently in the Connecticut sky, Leo is visible almost at zenith in the early evening.

Leo is home to several bright galaxies. "The Leo Triplet" is a group of galaxies located a few degrees below the Right Triangle of Leo. The three galaxies are M65, M66, and NGC 3628

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