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One of the brightest zodiac constellation. According to myth, this was no ordinary lion. Hercules fought the beast for nearly a month which could not be pierced by spears nor arrows.
Eventually Hercules strangled it to death. Somehow, the lion found its way to heaven to commemorate the battle.
There are many meteor showers appear to originate from this constellation. For instance, alpha leonids, which peaks around mid January till mid February each year,
Beta leonids, around 20 March. The less significant showers like Gamma and Rho leonids are also thought to exist.
There are many galaxies in Leo, but most are too faint to be picked up by small telescopes. However, there are few, such as M65 and M66 which are within binocular range and
could be observed within the same field.