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.
ON MARCH evenings, as winter slowly changes to spring, the last "winter" constellations, Gemini and Canis Minor, move to the western side of the sky.
Venus dominates the western sky after nightfall, sitting in the midst of Taurus--but also, more broadly, in the midst of the departing throng of Auriga, Orion, Gemini, Canis Minor, and Canis Major.
Procyon is the only bright light of the little constellation Canis Minor.
Sirius is often paired with Procyon, the brightest star in Canis Minor, the Little Dog.
Almost twice as high above Sirius (depending on your latitude), and perhaps a bit left, shines Procyon in Canis Minor. High above Procyon beam the two brightest stars of Gemini: Castor and Pollux, accompanied this season by brighter Mars.
When I'm bundled up like the younger brother from the movie A Christmas Story, the deep-freeze of a winter's night makes me wonder if Canis Major and Canis Minor are Labrador retrievers.
What season comes to mind when someone mentions Gemini and Canis Minor? I'll bet most of you think first of winter.
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. But the western half contains mostly introverted groups with few bright stars.
With constellations named Canis Major, Canis Minor, and Canes Venatici, dogs are well represented in the heavens.