Leo Minor Across the top of the picture are three pairs of stars that represent three feet of Ursa Major (the three gazelle "leaps" of the Arabs), from right to left the third leap made of Talitha (Iota) and Kappa UMa, the second, made of Tania Borealis and Australis (Lambda and Mu UMa), and the first, made of Alula Borealis and Australis (Nu and Xi UMa). To the right of the first leap third is Praecipua of Leo Minor, the Smaller Lion, the constellation stretching out to the right in a flat equilateral triangle. Beta LMi is just to the right of Praecipuai while 21 LMi is down and to the right of Beta. The top of the Sickle of Leo is at the bottom, while the eastern end of the modern constellation Lynx (the Lynx) is to the the far right.

To see a labelled image, push the star:

See Leo Minor from Bode's Uranographia of 1801.

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

For more on Leo Minor, see Walking with Lions at Stellar Stories.

By Jim Kaler. Return to STARS.