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L E O  M I N O R


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Mitología de Leo Minor

            The constellation of Leo Minor Minor (the smaller lion) was designed by Jonnanes Hevelius in 1687 to fill up the hollow that occupied the very poor zone in stars between Leon (Leo) and the Great Bear (Ursa Major).


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           Leo Minor, is a smallest constellation located between the Great Bear (Ursa Major) and the lion (Leo), peculiarly no of its stars surpasses the second magnitude and no of them presides over the star alpha it was due to an error of English astronomer Francis Baily that denominated b to second more shining star and 46 Leonis Minoris to most shining, was later Hevelius that it denominated to this Praecipua star (main in Latin) to correct the error. 

  Leo Minor limits the north with the constellations of the Great Bear (Ursa Major) and Lynx (lynx), to the east with Lynx, the south with Leo again and the west with the Great Bear. 

            Leo Minor I located the 2 of January of 1982 at the age of 14 years from the locality of Inca, Majorca, Spain to it.


Constelación de Leo Minor


      Main stars

       46 Leonis Minoris; denominated Praecipua, or it stars main most shining of the constellation located in the limit with the Great Bear, of magnitude 3.79 and orange color. Earth light is to 97 years being 22 times more luminous than our Sun.

      Beta, b; of magnitude 4.21 it is located in the center of the constellation. Of orange color Earth light is to 146 years.

          Other objects




ori.gif (1448 bytes) Observations by telescope

        To date observations by telescope in spite of being observable without difficulty have not been made from I write these lines, Majorca to you, Spain, although I do not discard to someday make a trip to the seas of the south, and to lose to me in an island of the Pacific to be able to contemplate and to locate the constellations that still I have left to discover.


ori.gif (1448 bytes) Other constellations

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