The Constellation Leo

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The Mythology of Leo

Leo is the Nemean lion which Hercules had to kill as the first of his 12 Labours. This fearsome beast terrorised the land, killing all who ventured near it. Not only was it more fierce, larger and stronger than other lions, but it also had the added advantage of possessing a skin which was impervious to metal, stone and wood. Since, for this reason, Hercules could not kill the lion with any weapon, he wrestled it with his bare hands, and finally managed to strangle the animal. Seeing at once the unique protective qualities of the pelt, he removed it with one of the lion's own claws, and thereafter wore it as a cloak.


- From Heavens-above.com

Information about Leo

The constellation Leo is made up of many stars, of which 11 stars are used to draw the constellation. The star at the end of Leo is called Denebola, which means lion's tail. The star which makes up his front paw is called Regulus. Regulus is actually a double (binary) star and both can be seen with binoculars. Inside Leo are many objects including 3 galaxies - known as the Leo Triplet - these galaxies are close together and two of them are actually pulling apart the third one. Leo is best seen during the Spring, but can be seen at other times of the year as well. If you go outside and look up at 8 o'clock you can see Leo during the following months - January through August and a little into September. Leo is not visible at all during October, November and December.

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