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Canis Minor

The Lesser Dog, The Little Dog

GenitiveCanis Minoris
Constellation FamilyOrion
Celestial QuadrantNQ2 (extending slightly into SQ2)
Right Ascension07h06 to 08h11
Declination+13.2° to -0.4°
Area (sq deg)183
Brightest StarProcyon
Optimum VisibilityJanuary / February
NotesThis is a relatively small constellation lying directly southward of bright Castor and Pollux in Gemini. Canis Minor contains only three stars above fifth magnitude, but among these three is Procyon, just eleven light years from the Sun and one of the brightest stars in the sky.
Map of Canis Minor Map of Canis Minor

This small group of stars hugs the edge of the Milky Way. Among them lies Procyon, a near neighbour of the Sun lying just eleven light years away.


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