Canis Major


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Ca·nis Major

 (kā′nĭs, kăn′ĭs)
n.
A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Puppis and Lepus, containing the star Sirius.

[Latin Canis Māior : canis, dog + māior, larger.]

Canis Major

(ˈkeɪnɪs)
n, Latin genitive Canis Majoris (məˈdʒɔːrɪs)
(Astronomy) a constellation in the S hemisphere close to Orion, containing Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. Also called: the Great Dog
[Latin: the greater dog]

Ca•nis Ma•jor

(ˈkeɪ nɪs ˈmeɪ dʒər)

n. gen. Ca•nis Ma•jo•ris (ˈkeɪ nɪs məˈdʒɔr ɪs, -ˈdʒoʊr-)
a southern constellation containing Sirius, the brightest star.
[< Latin: larger dog]

Ca·nis Major

(kā′nĭs)
A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Orion. It contains Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Canis Major - a constellation to the southeast of OrionCanis Major - a constellation to the southeast of Orion; contains Sirius
Canicula, Dog Star, Sirius, Sothis - the brightest star in the sky; in Canis Major
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Remaining visible through the next few months, this star cluster will eventually be joined in the sky by the familiar constellations of Taurus, Orion, Gemini and Canis Major.
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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.
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.
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.
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.