Canis Major

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a constellation to the southeast of Orion

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Caption: The Seagull Nebula, seen in this Spitzer Space Telescope image from the GLIMPSE360 atlas, sits over 3,600 light-years from Earth along the border of the constellations Canis Major and Monoceros.
Since ancient times Sirius has been "the Dog Star," the outstanding light of Canis Major, the Big Dog.
The Triangle is composed of Betelgeuse, the supergiant red star and the prominent star of the famous constellation Orion (the Mighty Hunter); Sirius, the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (the Big Dog), and Procyon, the brightest star in the constellation Canis Minor (the Little Dog).
For example, they spotted an area near Canis Major with 30 or more young stars sprouting jets of material, an early phase in their lives.
The Cat People of the Canis Major star system, in fact.
Only a few arc minutes north of the boundary with Canis Major, approximately 3 000 light-years away, hangs the star cluster NGC 2353 in the southern part of an area of soft nebulosity.
They are Mintaka, Alnilam, and Alnitak, and they point down to Sirius, the brightest star up there and part of the constellation Canis Major.
For example a Canis Majoris, otherwise known as Sirius, is the brightest star in Canis Major. Table 15 on page 79 lists the brightest stars visible from Southern Africa.
Based on the nickname of Sirius, known as the Dog Star because it is the brightest in the constellation Canis Major, the ancient belief is that, because the star rises and sets with the sun in the summer, it adds to its heat, creating a stretch of blazing weather.
Pausing for a moment, deep in thought, calling upon the knowledge of his ancestors and the powers he had inherited from his cosmic name (Sirius is the Brightest Star in the Evening Sky, part of the constellation Canis Major), he cautiously moved forward, aware of the nail-clenching silence.
Sirius, named after the brightest star in the Canis Major constellation (Latin for 'Large Dog'), is a private initiative which currently cares for around 140 dogs and puppies.
If you have not done so already, then February and March may be your last opportunity of the winter to observe the low-altitude constellations under Orion: Lepus, Canis Major, and Puppis.
CORK: 2.35 Qadar, 3.05 Mountain Mama, 3.35 Faynita, 4.10 Rockhampton, 4.45 Clodova, 5.20 Canis Major, 5.50 Encompassing.
Sirius is the largest and brightest star in the Canis Major constellation.