Canis Minor


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Canis Minor

[Lat.,=lesser dog], small constellationconstellation,
in common usage, group of stars that appear to form a configuration in the sky; properly speaking, a constellation is a definite region of the sky in which the configuration of stars is contained.
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 ying near the celestial equator, E of Orion and NE of Canis Major, the Large Dog. Known as the Small Dog, Canis Minor is traditionally identified as one of Orion's hunting dogs. It contains the bright star ProcyonProcyon
, brightest star in the constellation Canis Minor; Bayer designation α Canis Minoris; 1992 position R.A. 7h38.9m, Dec.+5°15'. A yellow-white star of spectral class F5 IV-V, it is one of the nearer bright stars, lying about 11.
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. The constellation reaches its highest point in the evening sky in late February.

Canis Minor

(Little Dog) A small constellation in the northern hemisphere near Orion, lying partly in the Milky Way. The brightest star is the visual binary Procyon. Abbrev.: CMi; genitive form: Canis Minoris; approx. position: RA 7.5h, dec +5°; area: 183 sq deg.

Canis Minor

[‚kā·nəs ′mī·nər]
(astronomy)
A constellation with right ascension 8 hours, declination 5°N. Abbreviated CMi. Also known as Lesser Dog.
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One such in Canis Minor is the galaxy NGC 2538, situated in the far eastern part of the constellation on the boundary with Hydra constellation.
Canis Minor gets short shrift when it comes to attention.
Almost twice as high above Sirius (depending on your latitude), and perhaps a bit left, shines Procyon in Canis Minor.
Canis Minor and its majestic counterpart Canis Major are Orion's dogs, trailing him across the sky.
With constellations named Canis Major, Canis Minor, and Canes Venatici, dogs are well represented in the heavens.
Glance at the chart at right and you'll find that its eastern half features constellational extroverts such as Orion, the Hunter; Auriga, the Charioteer; Taurus, the Bull; Gemini, the Twins; and the hunting dogs, Canis Major and Canis Minor.
This arc includes Taurus the Bull, Auriga the Charioteer, Gemini the Twins, and Canis Minor the Little Dog.
Note how the brightest stars in Gemini and Canis Minor will move far enough to wreck these constellations in 50,000 years, while the shape of dim Monoceros changes hardly at all.
Canis Minor is too, though its main pattern has just two stars, one of them fairly dim.
Hydra itself is such a sprawling, faint constellation that it's easier to find M48 from Canis Minor.