- Canis Minor
name = Canis minor
abbreviation = CMi
genitive = Canis Minoris
symbology = the lesser Dog
RA = 8
areatotal = 183
arearank = 71st
numbermainstars = 2 | numberbfstars = 14
numberstarsplanets = 0
numberbrightstars = 2
numbernearbystars = 1
brighteststarname = Procyon (α CMi)
starmagnitude = 0.38
stardistance = 11.4
numbermessierobjects = 0
latmax = 85
latmin = 75
month = March
Canis Minor (pronEng|ˌkeɪnɨs ˈmaɪnɚ, _la. smaller
dog) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also in Ptolemy's list of 48 constellations. It is said to represent one of the dogs following Orion the hunter.
Canis Minor is a small constellation mainly consisting of the two stars,
Procyon(α CMi, 0.38m) and Gomeisa(β CMi , 2.9m). Procyon is the eighth brightest star in the night sky. Procyon means "before the dog" in Greek, as it rises an hour before the Dog Star, Sirius, of Canis Major, the large dog.
Notable deep objects
Being such a small constellation, Canis Minor has no
deep skyobject brighter than magnitude 15.
Canis Minor was considered to be the smaller of the two hunting dogs of Orion. However, the ancient Greeks did not recognise it as a distinct constellation, and thus originally only considered Orion to have had one dog. See also the constellations of Orion and
Canis Minor is also connected with the Teumessian Fox, beast turned into stone with its hunter,
Laelaps, by Zeus, who placed them in heaven as Canis Mayor (Laelaps) and Canis Minor (Teumessian Fox).
* Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion (2007). "Stars and Planets Guide", Collins, London. ISBN 978-0007251209. Princeton University Press, Princeton. ISBN 978-0691135564.
* [http://www.allthesky.com/constellations/monoceros/ The Deep Photographic Guide to the Constellations: Canis Minor]
* [http://www.ianridpath.com/startales/canisminor.htm Star Tales – Canis Minor]
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