Canis Minor


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Canis Minor

n.
A constellation in the equatorial region of the Northern Hemisphere near Hydra and Monoceros, containing the star Procyon.

[Latin : canis, dog + minor, smaller.]

Canis Minor

n, Latin genitive Canis Minoris (maɪˈnɔːrɪs)
(Astronomy) a small constellation in the N hemisphere close to Orion, containing the first magnitude star Procyon. Also called: the Little Dog
[Latin: the lesser dog]

Ca•nis Mi•nor

(ˈkeɪ nɪs ˈmaɪ nər)

n. gen. Ca•nis Mi•no•ris (ˈkeɪ nɪs maɪˈnɔr ɪs, -ˈnoʊr-)
the Little or Lesser Dog, a southern constellation containing the bright star Procyon.
[< Latin: smaller dog]

Canis Minor

A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Hydra and the celestial equator. It contains the bright star Procyon.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Canis Minor - a constellation to the east of OrionCanis Minor - a constellation to the east of Orion; contains Procyon
Procyon - the brightest star in Canis Minor
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Between Procyon (in Canis Minor, the Smaller Dog) and Sirius is the dim constellation Monoceros, rich in telescopic objects.
The triangle formed by the stars is composed of Betelgeuse, the super giant red star and the prominent star of the famous constellation Orion; Sirius, the brightest star in the sky of the constellation canis major; and Procyon, the brightest star of the constellation canis minor.
NORTHERN NORTH AMERICA sees the asteroid 216 Kleopatra occult an 11.1-magnitude star in northern Canis Minor on the morning of Sunday, October 28th.
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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.
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.
Procyon Canis Minor 0.34 Procyon is only seven times more luminous than the sun, but it appears as a very bright star because it is so close: just 11.4 light-years away.
Then you might recognise the two bright stars in the Procyon in Canis Minor and Sirius in Canis Major.