Canis Minor


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a constellation to the east of Orion

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Although Canis Minor is the smaller of Orion the Hunter's two dogs it boasts the brilliant beacon star Procyon, more or less in the middle area of the constellation and the eye of the dog figure.
Just behind Orion's left shoulder is Procyon in Canis Minor, the lesser of his canine hunting companions.
Over the next few weeks, 2004 JG6 will move through the constellations Cancer and Canis Minor low in the western sky at dusk.--R.C.
"Procyon -- the brightest star in Canis Minor --is one of Orion's hunting dogs." Why a reworked P-3?
Above Sirius and to the left of Orion is the star picture known as the Little or Lesser Dog, Canis Minor. This constellation came up short on the stellar lottery with most star maps depicting it with only two stars.
The 200-inch Palomar Observatory telescope claims the first sighting during the current visit--October 15, 1982--of what was then a speck of light in Canis Minor. But by late November 1985, shortly after it begins its eight-month rush around the sun at 140,000 mph, it should be visible to anyone who looks hard enough in the right place at the right time.
The Triangle formed by the stars is composed of Betelgeuse, the super giant red star and the prominent star of the famous constellation Orion (the Mighty Hunter), Sirius, the brightest star in the sky of the constellation Canis Major (the Big Dog), and Procyon, the brightest star of the constellation Canis Minor (the Little Dog).
EVERY CLEAR WINTER night, Orion the Hunter and his two dogs--Canis Major, the Big Dog, and Canis Minor, the Little Dog--stalk westward across the sky in quest for celestial prey, while dim Lepus, the Rabbit, hides right under Orion's feet.
To the left was Procyon, brightest light of Canis Minor, the Little Dog.
The Winter Triangle is composed of Betelgeuse, the super giant red star and the prominent star of the constellation Orion, or the Mighty Hunter; Sirius, the brightest star in the sky of the constellation Canis Major, or the Big Dog; and Procyon, the brightest star of the constellation Canis Minor, or the Little Dog.
The other is Canis Minor, a little constellation that nevertheless features Procyon, a star almost as bright as Capella or Rigel.
No one constellation has 1,000 naked-eye stars in it, but if you take the stars brighter than 6.5 in the Orion group--Orion (204), Taurus (223), Auriga (152), Gemini (119), Canis Minor (47), and Canis Major (147)--and add them together, you get 892.
The Triangle is composed of Betelgeuse, the super giant red star and the prominent star of the famous constellation Orion (the Mighty Hunter), Sirius, the brightest star in the sky of the constellation Canis Major (the Big Dog), and Procyon, the brightest star of the constellation Canis Minor (the Little Dog).
But two of this crowd are still at their highest in the south: Canis Minor with bright Procyon, and Gemini with Pollux and Castor.
Constellations Day Constelletion Day Constellation 01 Canis Major 14 Canis Minor 04 Gemini 18 Volans 05 Monoceros 30 Carina 09 Puppis 30 Cancer Date of midnight culmination.