Greater Dog

Greater Dog

[′grād·ər ¦dȯg]
(astronomy)
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That's when we can see M44, Cancer's Beehive Cluster, at its most bee-yootifully bright and prominent; appreciate Procyon in its own right, divorced from Sirius, the greater Dog Star; and, with a telescope, split Castor cleanly into two bright bluish stars and one faint red dwarf.
It is Sirius in Canis Major who is the greater dog and he trots after his master's heels to the left and below Saiph.
Lying to the southeast of Orion, Canis Major (Greater Dog) is named for the greater of Orion the Hunter's companion hunting dogs.
We don't encounter the "Greater Dog" and the "Little Dog" until the first century B.C., when the Roman architect Vitruvius confirmed, in his Ninth Book of Architecture, "The Little Dog follows the Twins.

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