"The Heart and Tail of The King Of Beasts"

Scheduled air date: 1998 May 25-31

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The next few weeks will be your last chance of the year to see the constellation Leo in the evening skies.

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The bright star at the tail end of Leo is named Denebola, which means "tail of the lion." While this star appears fainter than brilliant Regulus— the star at the "heart" of Leo—it is actually larger and brighter!  It appears fainter because it is twice as far from us as is Regulus.

If you wish to view illustrations for other episodes, please see our Star Gazer Illustrated directory.

Illustrations on this page were created using TheSky Astronomy Software, an advanced desktop planetarium program designed for Windows.

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