is also the mammalian genus
to which Raccoons belong.
(α Canis Minoris
) is a brilliant star
that receives its name from the fact that it precedes the star Sirius
as it travels across the Earth
These two "dog stars" are referred to in the most ancient literature and were venerated by the Babylonians
and the Egyptians
Procyon is one of the closest stars to Earth's solar system, being only 11.4 light years away.
Like Sirius, it is a binary star, the main star (Procyon A) having a faint white dwarf companion, Procyon B.
Procyon is a vertex of the Winter Triangle.
Astrologically, Procyon portends wealth, fame, and good fortune.