The star Mirzam or beta ([beta]) Canis Major, was often combined by the Arabs with the star beta ([beta]) Canis Minor
(Gomeisa) and these two beta stars together were called The Announcers, heralding the coming of Sirius, the biggest star in the sky.
Between Procyon (in Canis Minor
, the Smaller Dog) and Sirius is the dim constellation Monoceros, rich in telescopic objects.
That was the claim in that fine journal the Bromley News Shopper, who interviewed local resident and self-proclaimed "God of the Cat People from the Canis Minor
system" Stephany Cohen, 53.
Orion's other heavenly hound is Canis Minor
, the Little 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).
Seeing that the constellation Canis Minor
is just further north-east and next door to Monoceros as seen against the star field, a few objects can be added to the mix.
Then you might recognise the two bright stars in the Procyon in Canis Minor
and Sirius in Canis Major.
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.
Procyon -- the brightest star in Canis Minor
--is one of Orion's hunting dogs.
Above Sirius and to the left of Orion is the star picture known as the Little or Lesser Dog, Canis Minor
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