n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Deep-sky delights : the lion roars tonight

Volume 73, Issue 3_4
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



The constellation Leo possesses a measure of dignity and justifiably reflects a true mental picture of the animal it has been named after. In nature the lion is regarded as the king of the animal kingdom, so the presence of a lion constellation should not be an unusual idea. The image itself is easily recognisable and in some ways brings to mind the lion image found in Egyptian records. From the southern skies the image is seen upside down, but that should not deter us from admiring it, as the objects (mainly galaxies) found within the constellation, bring ample reward.

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