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Canis minor
Canis minor
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Abbreviation: CMi
Genitive: Canis Minoris
Symbology: the Smaller Dog
Right ascension: 8 h
Declination: +5°
Area: 183 sq. deg. (71st)
Main stars: 2
Bayer/Flamsteed stars: 14
Stars with known planets: 0
Bright stars: 2
Nearby stars: 1
Brightest star: Procyon (α CMi) (0.38m)
Nearest star: Procyon (α CMi) (11.4 ly)
Messier objects: 0
Meteor showers: Canis-Minorids
Bordering constellations: Monoceros
Gemini
Cancer
Hydra
Visible at latitudes between +85° and −75°
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of March

Canis Minor (IPA: /ˈkeɪnɪs ˈmʌɪnə/, Latin: 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. This is a celestial map of the constellation Canis Minor, the Small Dog. ... The genitive case is a grammatical case that indicates a relationship, primarily one of possession, between the noun in the genitive case and another noun. ... Equatorial Coordinates Right ascension (abbrev. ... In astronomy, declination (abbrev. ... Here is a list of the 88 modern constellations by their area in the sky, measured in square degrees. ... Many of the brighter stars are given names which are known as Bayer designations. ... Flamsteed designations for stars are similar to Bayer designations, except that they use numbers instead of Greek letters. ... // Headline text HEY!! HOW ARE YOU ALL?? Its nice of you to come read this page. ... Procyon (α CMi / α Canis Minoris / Alpha Canis Minoris) is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Minor and the eighth brightest star in the nighttime sky. ... A light-year or lightyear (symbol: ly) is a unit of measurement of length, specifically the distance light travels in vacuum in one Julian year. ... The Messier objects are a set of astronomical objects catalogued by Charles Messier in his catalogue of Nebulae and Star Clusters first published in 1774. ... Leonid Meteor Shower A meteor shower, also known as a meteor storm, is a celestial event where a large number of meteors are seen within a very short period. ... Monoceros (Latin for Unicorn) is a faint constellation on the winter night sky, surrounded by Orion to the west, Gemini to the north, Canis Major to the south and Hydra to the east. ... Gemini (IPA: , Latin: , symbol , ) is one of the constellations of the zodiac known as the twins . It is part of the winter sky, lying between Taurus to the west and the dim Cancer to the east, with Auriga and the near-invisible Lynx to the north and Monoceros and Canis... Cancer (IPA: , Latin: , symbol , ) is one of the thirteen constellations of the zodiac. ... Hydra (IPA: ) is the largest of the 88 modern constellations, and was also one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy. ... Not to be confused with the NATO phonetic alphabet, which has also informally been called the “International Phonetic Alphabet”. For information on how to read IPA transcriptions of English words, see IPA chart for English. ... Latin was the language originally spoken in the region around Rome called Latium. ... Trinomial name Canis lupus familiaris The dog Canis lupus is a type of canine, a mammal in the order Carnivora. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A medieval artists rendition of Claudius Ptolemaeus Claudius Ptolemaeus (Greek: ; c. ... An engraving of Orion from Johann Bayers Uranometria, 1603 (US Naval Observatory Library) In Greek mythology, Orion was a gigantic huntsman who was set amongst the stars as the constellation of the same name. ...

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Notable features

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. Procyon (α CMi / α Canis Minoris / Alpha Canis Minoris) is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Minor and the eighth brightest star in the nighttime sky. ... Gomeisa (β CMi) is a hot, B8-class main sequence star in the constellation of Canis Minor. ... Bright stars can be bright because they produce more light, because they are closer to us, or both. ... For information on Sirius satellite radio, see Sirius Satellite Radio. ... Canis Major (IPA: , Latin: ) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also in Ptolemys list of 48 constellations. ...


Notable deep sky objects

Being such a small constellation, Canis Minor has no deep sky object brighter than magnitude 10. Deep sky is a term used by amateur astronomers to describe mostly faint objects outside the solar system like star clusters, nebulae and galaxies; compare with deep space. These objects are hundreds to billions of light years distant. ... // Headline text HEY!! HOW ARE YOU ALL?? Its nice of you to come read this page. ...


Mythology

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 Major. Orion (IPA: ), a constellation often referred to as The Hunter, is a prominent constellation, perhaps the best-known and most conspicuous in the sky. ... Canis Major (IPA: , Latin: ) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also in Ptolemys list of 48 constellations. ...


See also

This is the list of notable stars in the constellation Canis Minor, sorted by decreasing brightness. ...

References

External links

  • The Deep Photographic Guide to the Constellations: Canis Minor
  • WIKISKY.ORG: Canis Minor
The 88 modern Constellations
Andromeda • Antlia • Apus • Aquarius • Aquila • Ara • Aries • Auriga • Boötes • Caelum • Camelopardalis • Cancer • Canes Venatici • Canis Major • Canis Minor • Capricornus • Carina • Cassiopeia • Centaurus • Cepheus • Cetus • Chamaeleon • Circinus • Columba • Coma Berenices • Corona Australis • Corona Borealis • Corvus • Crater • Crux • Cygnus • Delphinus • Dorado • Draco • Equuleus • Eridanus • Fornax • Gemini • Grus • Hercules • Horologium • Hydra • Hydrus • Indus • Lacerta • Leo • Leo Minor • Lepus • Libra • Lupus • Lynx • Lyra • Mensa • Microscopium • Monoceros • Musca • Norma • Octans • Ophiuchus • Orion • Pavo • Pegasus • Perseus • Phoenix • Pictor • Pisces • Piscis Austrinus • Puppis • Pyxis • Reticulum • Sagitta • Sagittarius • Scorpius • Sculptor • Scutum • Serpens • Sextans • Taurus • Telescopium • Triangulum • Triangulum Australe • Tucana • Ursa Major • Ursa Minor • Vela • Virgo • Volans • Vulpecula
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Canis Minor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (236 words)
Canis Minor (Latin for little dog) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also in Ptolemy's list of 48 constellations.
Canis Minor is a small constellation mainly consisting of two stars, Procyon Canis Minoris, 0.38
Canis Minor was considered to be the smaller of the two hunting dogs of Orion.
Canis Major - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (606 words)
Canis Major (Latin for the greater dog) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also in Ptolemy's list of 48 constellations.
Canis Major's alpha star Sirius is the brightest star besides the Sun as seen from Earth.
Roman myth also refers to Canis Major as Custos Europae, the dog guarding Europa but failing to prevent her abduction by Jupiter in the form of a bull; and as Janitor Lethaeus, the watchdog of Hell.
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