September 19 Stars: Select Years 1

September 19
1950 epoch: Leap +1, +2 years
2000 epoch: Leap years

You have a choice of 2 stars on this date. The brighter one, if that is your preference, is 94 Beta LEO.

Name: 93 LEO
Magnitude: 4.5
Spectrum/Star type: white
Distance in light-years: 225
Diameter compared to Sun: 4
Luminosity compared to Sun: 25
Date best observed: May 4
Additional information: Located just outside of the zodiac, 93 Leo is a spectroscopic binary. With brighter Beta, Delta, and Theta,93 LEO made a rectangular “Bed” in the Hindu Lunar Zodiac.

Name: 94 LEO, aka Beta LEO, Denebola
Magnitude: 2.1 just slightly variable
Spectrum/Star type: White
Distance in light-years: 36
Diameter compared to Sun: 2
Luminosity compared to Sun: 14
Date best observed: May 4
Additional information: Denebola is outside of the zodiac. The name translates as “The Lion’s Tail”. Nicknamed “Changer of the Seasons”. When we see Denebola in the east, it is getting warmer, and in the west, getting cooler. With bright Arcturus and Spica, and dimmer Cor Caroli (below The Handle of The Big Dipper), Denebola forms Spring’s “Diamond of Virgo”. It is surrounded by a dust cloud where planets may be forming.

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