|Meaning in English||the Smaller Dog|
|Right ascension||8 h|
|Visible to latitude||Between 85° and -75°|
182 sq. deg.
|Number of stars with|
apparent magnitude < 3
- Apparent magnitude
|Procyon (α Canis|
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2 Notable deep sky objects
Canis Minor is a small constellation mainly consisting of two stars, Procyon (α Canis Minoris, 0.38m) and Gomeisa (β Canis Minoris, 2.9m). Procyon is the eighth brightest star in the night sky, and a part of the Winter Triangle. Procyon means "before the dog" in Greek, as it rises before the Dog Star, Sirius, of Canis Major.
Notable deep sky objects
Being such a small constellation, Canis Minor has no deep sky object brighter than 10 Mag.
The star Procyon was so called by the ancient Greeks as it rose before the (great) dog (Canis Major), but Canis Minor did not appear until Roman times as the smaller of Orion's hunting dogs. See also the constellations of Orion and Canis Major.