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Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders by Barbara Fritchman Thompson, Robert Bruce Thompson

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27Leo Minor, The Small Lion

NAME: Leo Minor (LEE-oh MYE-nur)

SEASON: Winter

CULMINATION: midnight, 24 February

ABBREVIATION: LMi

GENITIVE: Leonis Minoris (lee-OWN-is min-OR-is)

NEIGHBORS: Cnc, Leo, Lyn, UMa

BINOCULAR OBJECTS: none

URBAN OBJECTS: none

Leo Minor is a small, dim, mid-northerly constellation that ranks 64th in size among the 88 constellations. Leo Minor covers 232 square degrees of the celestial sphere, or about 0.6%. Leo Minor is the dark area that lies between the bright constellations Ursa Major to the north and Leo to the south. The brightest star in Leo Minor is fourth magnitude, and the faint triangle of stars that makes up its constellation outline is just visible to the naked eye on a dark night.

Leo Minor is one of the ...

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