Map created in Guide 7.0 with the figure outline based on Johannes Hevelius' Uranographia (1690). Click on the object's name to access its image or click on the name of adjacent constellation to see its map.
Leo represent Nemean Lion killed by Hercules as the first of his Twelve Labors. This zodiacal constellation was of course recognized long time before that connection was created - Babylonians already saw the Lion in the same star pattern.
a Leonis was given its modern name, Regulus , by Copernicus. The most striking telescopic view in Leo consists of the trio of galaxies M65, M66 and NGC3628.
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