Constellation guide to the 88 official constellations which divide up the sky. These constellations are used to help navigate the celestial sphere. The Constellations are patterns in the sky which have been to invented and have deep mythology behind them. Constellations cover massive areas in the sky and as such are very easy to find.
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The Little Dog
Canis Minor 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 the two stars. Procyon is the eighth brightest star in the night sky. Procyon means 'anterior dog' in Greek, as it rises before the Dog Star, Sirius, of Canis Major.
Canis Minor Mythology
Canis Minor was considered to be the smaller of the two hunting dogs of Orion. However, the ancient Greeks did not recognize it as a distinct constellation, and thus originally only considered Orion to have had one dog.
Notable Objects in Canis Minor
There are no objects of note in the constellation of Canis Minor.
Photos of Canis Minor
I have no photos of Canis Minor yet.
Northern Circumpolar Constellations
These constellations can be viewed all year round in the Northern hemisphere as they move in a counterclockwise direction around the north celestial pole without setting or dipping below the horizon.
Northern Spring Constellations
These Northern constellations are best viewed around the spring months. The rest of the year the constellation will not rise during the night.
Northern Autumn Constellations
These Northern constellations are best viewed around the autumn months. The rest of the year the constellation will not rise during the night.
Last updated on: Wednesday 24th January 2018
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