Leo, In The Sky

Be it in the sky or on the “horrorscope” summary in print or electronic media, Leo is easy to find. The sky is what interests me, and if you are likewise inclined, this constellation has bright stars you might easily catch in a dark suburban sky if a street light’s not too near. That image, right, compares those bright stars with the planet Jupiter. (That’s not where the planet is seen right now; it’s just a comparison.)

If future Christians, a Gilead society for example, decided to reclaim the constellations from pagan mythology, maybe they’d keep the lion as a symbol of Christ.

Otherwise, the story from the Greeks is that Hercules defeated an invincible lion and in honor his victory, a trophy was placed in the sky.

You can view the trophy these days, but you have to get up early like a mythological hero and look in the East before sunrise. As the seasons progress, Leo rises earlier and earlier. For night owls, Spring is the best time to see this constellation, probably the most easily identified of the  zodiac.

Image credit: By Till Credner – Own work, http://www.AlltheSky.com, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9294470

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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