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. Rey has suggested an alternative way to connect the stars, which graphically shows a lion walking. The stars delta Leonis , gamma Leonis , eta Leonis , and theta Leonis form the body of the lion, with gamma Leonis being of the second magnitude and delta Leonis and theta Leonis being of the third magnitude. The stars gamma Leonis, zeta Leonis , mu Leonis , epsilon Leonis , and eta Leonis form the lion's neck , with epsilon Leonis being of the third magnitude. The stars mu Leonis, kappa Leonis , lambda Leonis , and epsilon Leonis form the head of the lion. Delta Leonis and beta Leonis form the lion's tail : beta Leonis, also known as Denebola , is the bright tip of the tail with a magnitude of two. The stars theta Leonis , iota Leonis , and sigma Leonis form the left hind leg of the lion, with sigma Leonis being the foot. The stars theta Leonis and rho Leonis form the right hind leg, with rho Leonis being the foot. The stars eta Leonis and Alpha Leonis mark the lion's heart, with alpha Leonis, also known as Regulus , being the bright star of magnitude one. The stars eta Leonis and omicron Leonis form the right front foot of the Lion. 
Red Antares and the stars of the Scorpion are almost overhead in the early evening, and you should easily be able to see the shape of the Scorpion – this is one of the few constellations which really resemble the creature it’s named after. Antares is about 600 light years away, and radiates about 10 000 times as much energy as the Sun at wavelengths perceived by the eye. But Antares has a surface temperature of only 3 300 degrees (compared to 5 500 for the Sun), and radiates most of its energy as infrared radiation. The total energy output of Antares is about 65 000 times as much as the Sun, and this ‘red supergiant’ is so large that if it were placed at the centre of our own solar system, the orbit of Mars would be less than halfway from the centre of Antares to its swollen surface.