The Binocular Sky


The Leaping Minnow

Constellation: Aur
Object Type: Asterism
RA:  5h 18m 11s
Dec:  +33° 22' 7"
Magnitude: 5.0
Recommended minimum aperture: 50mm

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The Leaping Minnow asterism is an informal grouping of stars that includes 14, 16, 17 and 19 Aurigae.

What You Should See:

If you include the water “splash”, there are 30 or more stars of 9th magnitude and above,with the minnow itself being defined by half a dozen 5th and 6th magnitude stars. Presumably, the asterism gets its name from the similarity of the pattern of its bright stars to those of Delphinus.