Name a Star for Someone in the Leo Constellation

November 15, 2022

International Star Registry

NASA Image of Leo Constellation_International Star Registry

Leo is one of the largest constellations in the northern hemisphere. The shape represents a lion, with a sickle shape of 6 stars creating the head and shoulders.

Like the other zodiac constellations, Leo lies along the path of the sun and can be seen throughout most of the world.

Leo is an easy constellation to locate. The pointer stars of the Big Dipper extended south approximately locates Regulus, the bright blue-white star in the heart of the lion. There is a meteor shower, Leonids, in mid-November from the gamma star, the lion’s mouth.

The constellations Cancer, Coma Berenices, Crater, Hydra, Leo Minor, Lynx, Sextans, Ursa Major and Virgo share a border with the Leo constellation

Symbol: Leo
Right Ascension: 10:37
Declination: 15
Diameter (°): 24
Area (square °): 947
Opposition: Feb 26
Size Rank: 12nd
Brightness Rank: 16th
Genitive: Leonis

Major stars in Leo
Regulus – α Leonis (Alpha Leonis)
Denebola – β Leonis (Beta Leonis)
Algieba – γ Leonis (Gamma Leonis)
Zosma – δ Leonis (Delta Leonis)
Chort – θ Leonis (Theta Leonis)
Al Minliar – κ Leonis (Kappa Leonis)
Alterf – λ Leonis (Lambda Leonis)
Subra – ο Leonis (Omicron Leonis)
Al Jabbah – η Leonis (Eta Leonis)
Adhafera – ζ Leonis (Zeta Leonis)
Ras Elased Borealis – μ Leonis (Mu Leonis)
Ras Elased Australis – ε Leonis (Epsilon Leonis)
ρ Leonis (Rho Leonis)
ι Leonis (Iota Leonis)
σ Leonis (Sigma Leonis)
Wolf 359
Icarus (MACS J1149 Lensed Star 1)
Gliese 436
CW Leonis (IRC + 10216)
R Leonis

Deep Sky Objects in Leo
Messier 65 (M65, NGC 3623)
Messier 66 (M66, NGC 3627)
NGC 3628
Messier 95 (M95, NGC 3351)
Messier 96 (M96, NGC 3368)
Messier 105 (M105, NGC 3379)
Leo Ring
NGC 3607
NGC 3593
NGC 3384
NGC 3842
NGC 3596
NGC 2903
NGC 3626
NGC 3357

Mythology of the Constellation Leo

According to Greek fable, this lion represents the formidable animal which roamed the forests of Nemaea near Corinth, Greece. It was slain by Hercules and placed by Zeus among the stars in commemoration of the dreadful conflict.

Some writers have applied the story of the "12 Labors of Hercules" to the movement of the Sun through the 12 zodiac signs. The combat of that celebrated hero with the lion was Hercules’ first labor, so they have placed Leo as the first sign.

The figure of the lion, however, was on Egyptian charts long before the fable of Hercules.

The overflowing of the Nile, which the Egyptians regularly and anxiously expected every year, took place when the sun was in this sign. Accordingly, they paid more attention to this sign than to any other.

In hieroglyphic writing the lion was an emblem of violence and fury. In the zodiac it signified the intense heat the Sun created when it entered that part of the ecliptic. The Egyptians were annoyed by lions that left the desert during the hot summer and hunted the banks of the Nile. It was, therefore, natural for their astronomers to place the lion in the zodiac.

The figure of Leo the lion is also included on all the Hindu, Persian, and Mesopotamian star charts.

In the Hebrew zodiac, Leo is assigned to Judah, upon whose standard a lion traditionally is painted according to several passages of Hebrew writings. On the other hand, Leo is assigned to Simon in the Encyclopedia Judaica.

Christians of the Middle Ages tried to replace the mythological characters of the constellation with biblical connotations. Leo was subsequently and separately notated as one of Daniel’s Lions or as Doubting Thomas.

Leo Zodiac
Sun Enters: July 23
Sun Leaves: August 22
Planet: Sun
Trait: Impressive
Positives: Creative, broadminded, enthusiastic, powerful, an organizer, generous, dramatic, showy
Negatives: A bully, pompous, indolent, conceited, dogmatic, stubborn, dramatic, liking power, a show-off
As a Child: Too spirited
Plant: Pine Tree
Emotional: Gregarious
Career: Entrepreneur

  • Q. What is Leo constellation?

  • A. It is one of the zodiac constellations and one of the largest constellations in the sky. Leo represents the lion and is usually associated with the Nemean lion in Greek mythology.
  • Q. When is the Leo constellation best visible?

  • A. The Leo constellation is most visible during the spring months
  • Q. Are there any celebrities with stars in the Leo constellation?

  • A. Yes, some of them with named stars include, Viola Davis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Marilyn Monroe