LEO

The sickle-shaped head of Leo, the Lion, is on the right, the triangle that makes his his hindquarters on the left. Regulus is at the bottom of the sickle at lower right. Algieba is the brightest of the Sickle stars that are above Regulus; Adhafera is just above Algieba. At the top sits Rasalas, and down and to the right of Rasalas, at the front of the Sickle, is Algenubi. Denebola, which marks the lion's tail, is at lower left; Zosma, on the Lion's back, is up and to the right of Denebola, while Chertan (Theta) is immediately below Zosma. Rho Leonis is off the photo down and to the left of Regulus, while Subra (Omicron Leo) is down and to the right of Regulus. See them in a wider view with Virgo. Leo is one of the great constellations of the zodiac. The ecliptic, the apparent path of the Sun, runs just to the south of Regulus. Riding the back of Leo is the modern constellation Leo Minor.

To see a labelled image, push the star:

See Leo from Bayer's Uranometria of 1603.

See Leo in context with Virgo, Leo Minor, and Coma Berenices.

Regulus is part of the Great Diamond.

By Jim Kaler. Return to STARS.