LeO the Lion O

Leo (LEE-oh) is a major constellation that is best seen in the springtime. The first appearance of Leo in the evening sky in March announces that spring is coming, and the Lion remains in the evening sky through June. It is one of the few constellations that can be made to look like what it is named after. Leo is Latin for "lion" and is one of the zodiacal constellations. Regulus. Leo's t brightest star, is Latin for "Little King."

Few of us see lions today except at the zoo, but to ancient Sumerians 5,000 years ago. lions were familiar predators who ventured down to the river valleys during hot summer days and hunted sheep and goats. These stars have been seen as a lion since those prehistoric days.

Scorpius the Scorpion o-

The Scorpion, a member of the zodiac, is a major constellation in the summer sky. From the United States, it Is low on the southern horizon, where we lose much of Its splendor. Far south of the equator, where It passes overhead, It is a magnificent group of bright stars.

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Scorpius now has only three stars for stubby claws, but long ago the claws included the stars of Libra, to the right.

Scorpius (SKOR-pee-us) truly looks like a scorpion, have been calling it the Scorpion since prehistoric times—at least 6.000 years.

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In Greek mythology, Scorpius was the enemy of Orion. Orion died from the scorpion's bite. Both he and the scorpion were placed In the sky, but on opposite sides, so one sets while the other rises.

The Milky Way runs through Scorpius. Like Sagittarius, it is filled with star clusters that are visible through binoculars or a small telescope. Two star clusters, M6 and M7, are bright enough to see without binoculars. They lie between the Scorpion's stinger and the western end of Sagittarius.

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