English Name: The Little Dogs
Hemisphere: Northern Hemisphere
Location: Between the constellations of Cancer and Monoceros.
Visible between latitudes: +85 and -75 degrees
Best season: Winter
Seen in three season: Autumn, Winter, and Spring
Best seen in: February/early March
Seen between: December and April
Right Ascension (RA): 08 hour
Declination (DEC): +05 degrees
Area (square degrees): 183 (71st)
Canis Minor (The Little dog)
- Canis Minor is a small constellation, and it has few deep-sky objects (DSO).
- It contains only two stars brighter than magitude +4.0.
- The Milky-Way passes through much of this constellation.
- No Messier in Canis Minor.
Features of interest
- Procyon – it’s a white star and the 8th brightest star in the night sky at magnitude +0.4.
- Procyon B – Over 10,000 times fainter than Procyon and orbits it every 41 years. The two stars appearing so close that only large telescopes can see them separate as two stars.
- Procyon (Alpha CMi)
- Gomeisa (Beta CMi)
- Photo of the constellation – Canis Minor, as it appears to the naked-eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart – Canis Minor
- List of stars in Canis Minor.
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