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Canis Minor

Canis Minor (the little dog) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also in Ptolemy's list of 48 constellations. It is said to represent one of the dogs following Orion the hunter.

Canis Minor
AbbreviationCMi
GenitiveCanis Minoris
Meaning in Englishthe Smaller Dog
Right ascension8 h
Declination
Visible to latitudeBetween 85° and -75°
On meridian9 p.m., March 1
Area
 - Total
Ranked 71th
182 sq. deg.
Number of stars with
apparent magnitude < 3
2
Brightest star

 - Apparent magnitude
Procyon (α Canis
Minoris)
0.38
Meteor showers
Bordering constellations

Notable features

Canis Minor is a small constellation mainly consisting of two stars, Procyon (α Canis Minoris, 0.38m) and Gomeisa[?] (β Canis Minoris, 2.9m). Procyon is the eighth brightest star in the night sky, and a part of the Winter Triangle. Procyon means "before the dog" in Greek, as it rises before the Dog Star, Sirius, of Canis Major.

Notable deep sky objects

Being such a small constellation, Canis Minor has no deep sky object brighter than 10 Mag.

Mythology

Canis Minor is the smaller of the two hunting dogs of Orion. See also the constellations of Orion and Canis Major.



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