"Leo the Lion: Spring's Awesome Sphinx of the Heavens and the Cosmic King of the Beasts"

Scheduled air date: 2003 May 19-25

The next few weeks will be your last chance of the year to see the constellation Leo in the evening skies.
(Shown about 90 minutes after Sunset at the end of May for mid-Northern latitudes.)

Denebola—the bright star at the tail end of the constellation Leo—is about 1.5 times the diameter of our own Sun and lies 36 light years from us.  Regulus—the brightest star in Leo—is about twice the diameter of our Sun, and at 77 light years distant, is more than twice as far as Denebola.

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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