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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.
..... Click the link for more information. 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.
..... Click the link for more information. . The constellation reaches its highest point in the evening sky in late February.
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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.
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Canis Minor[‚kā·nəs ′mī·nər]
A constellation with right ascension 8 hours, declination 5°N. Abbreviated CMi. Also known as Lesser Dog.
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