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Leo Minor – The Lesser Lion

Leo Minor is one of the 88 constellations within the celestial sphere.

Leo Minor is one of the 42 constellations that represents an animal.

Symbolism: Leo Minor is also known as ‘The Lesser Lion’

 

History & Mythology

Leo Minor wasn’t known by ancient cultures as the constellation is quite young. Leo Minor represents a Lion cub that was thought up and invented in the 17th century by Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius. Leo Minor sits between constellations Ursa Major & Leo. The constellation can be easily missed as its quote small compared to the surrounding constellations.  

Key Data

Bordering Constellations: Leo Minor is bordered by constellations Leo, Lynx, Cancer & Ursa Major.  

Sky Chart #: 5.

Star Raking: 64th largest constellation in the celestial sphere. 

Main Stars: Leo Minor consists of 3 main stars.

Brightest Star: Leonis Minoris.

 

Kids Fun Facts Corner

# 1. Leo Minor’s most famous object is ‘Hanny’s Voorwerp’

# 2. Leo Minor has 3 stars with planets.

# 3. Leonis Minoris is the brightest star in the Leo Minor constellation.

 

Q&A Corner

Q. What is Leo Minor also known as?

Q. How many main stars does Leo Minor have?

Q. What is the brightest star in Leo Minor?

Q. How many stars have planets in Leo Minor?

Q. What number star ranking is Leo Minor in the celestial sphere?

Download questions about the Leo Minor Constellation here: Leo Minor (answers are on this page)

Teachers. For more in depth work sheets on constellations. Click on Kidskonnect Worksheets  

For further reading and more information on the Leo Minor Constellation visit www.constellation-guide.com/Leo Minor

  Key Vocabulary Constellation. Star. Celestial. Sphere.

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