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Who named the constellation Leo?

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The zodiac constellation Leo was catalogued along with 47 other constellations in "Almagest" by the famous Greco-Egyptian astronomer Claudius Ptolemy in the second century AD. Many ancient cultures recognized the constellation, referring to it as "the lion" in their languages due to the shape formed when connecting its stars.

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The Leo constellation can be seen in the northern sky and is one of the biggest visible constellations. Leo is clearly visible during spring equinox from the northern hemisphere. The brightest stars of the Leo constellation are Denebola and Regulus. Cancer lies to the west and Virgo lies to the east of Leo. Leo is named after the Nemean lion of Greek mythology that was killed by Heracles during the first of his 12 labors..

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    Hands-on projects and telling the myth behind each constellation are fun and engaging ways to teach children about constellations. Have the children draw the constellation on black paper using a white or silver marker or help the children create a 3-D model of their favorite constellation using marshmallows as the stars and toothpicks as the lines that connect different stars.

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    What constellation is Regulus found in?

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    How did the constellation Leo get its name?

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    The word "Leo" means lion in Latin. The constellation originally represented the ferocious Nemean lion that Hercules strangled to death as one of his 12 labors. According to legend, Zeus was impressed enough to make both of them constellations. Leo is not just a constellation, but one of the 12 constellations that make up the Zodiac. Unlike many constellations, Leo does look something like the creature it depicts.

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    Can you see all the constellations at the equator?

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    An observer at the equator will see all of the constellations during the course of one year. The polar constellations Polaris and the Southern Cross appear near the horizon, while the rest pass overhead based on the season.

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