|Winter: Orion Canis Major Canis Minor Monoceros Lepus Eridanus Taurus Auriga Camelopardalis Lynx Gemini Cancer|
|Spring: Hydra Sextans Crater Corvus Leo Leo Minor Ursa Major Ursa Minor Canes Venatici Coma Berenices Virgo Bootes|
|Summer: Draco Corona Borealis Hercules Ophiuchus Serpens Libra Scorpius Sagittarius Scutum Aquila Sagitta Vulpecula Lyra Cygnus|
|Autumn: Andromeda Perseus Pegasus Cassiopeia Cephus Cetus Lacerta Delphinus Equuleus Capricornus Aquarius Pisces Aries|
|Southern Skies: Centaurus Crux Lupus Corona Australis Piscis Australis Sculptor Tucana Fornax Dorado Columba Puppis Carina Vela|
Leo Minor is one of seven constellations introduced by the famous Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius (1611-1687). In his catalogue of 1564 stars, Prodromus Astronomiae, he included the seven new constellations: Canes Venatici, Lacerta, Leo Minor, Lynx, Scutum, Sextans, and Vulpecula. To the brightest star in Leo Minor, Hevelius attached the name Praecipua, the Latin term for chief, or leader. Praecipua has a visual magnitude of 3.83, and it is 98 light years away from Earth. One must have quite an imagination to see a lion cub in the small grouping of stars squeezed between Leo and Ursa Major, for much like its corporeal namesake, the constellation of Leo Minor keeps itself safely hidden in the celestial undergrowth.
There has been one exoplanet found so far in Leo Minor. It has a mass of 1.78 Jupiters, and orbits a star labeled HD 87883, just beyond the limits of naked eye visibility. For more information, see NASA's Planet Quest.
There are a few faint galaxies in Leo Minor, the brightest of which is NGC 3344, a face-on spiral with a magnitude of 11. It is 15 million light years away.