Canis Minor

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Canis Minor
Canis Minor
GenitiveCanis Minoris
Pronunciation/ˌkns ˈmnər/,
genitive /ˈkns mˈnɒrs/
SeembolismThe Lesser Dug
Richt ascension8 h
Aurie183 sq. deg. (71st)
Main starns2
Starns wi planets1
Starns brichter than 3.00m2
Starns within 10.00 pc (32.62 ly)4
Brichtest starnProcyon (α CMi) (0.34m)
Nearest starnProcyon (α CMi)
(11.41 ly, 3.50 pc)
Messier objects0
Meteor showersCanis-Minorids
Veesible at latitudes atween +90° an −75°.
Best veesible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) durin the month o Mairch.

Canis Minor /ˌkns ˈmnər/ is a smaa constellation in the northren celestial hemisphere. In the seicont century, it wis includit as an asterism, or pattern, o twa starns in Ptolemy's 48 constellations, an is coontit amang the 88 modren constellations. Its name is Laitin for "lesser dug" in contrast tae Canis Major, the "greater dug"; baith figures are commonly representit as follaein the constellation o Orion the hunter.

Canis Minor contains anly twa starns brichter than the fowert magnitude, Procyon (Alpha Canis Minoris), wi a magnitude o 0.34, an Gomeisa (Beta Canis Minoris), wi a magnitude o 2.9. The constellation's dimmer starns wur notit bi Johann Bayer, who named aicht starns includin Alpha an Beta, an John Flamsteed, who nummered fowerteen. Procyon is the sevent-brichtest starn in the nicht sky, as well as ane o the closest. A yellae-white main sequence starn, it haes a white dwarf companion. Gomeisa is a blue-white main sequence starn. Luyten's Starn is a nint-magnitude reid dwarf an the Solar Seestem's next closest stellar neighbour in the constellation efter Procyon. The fowert-magnitude HD 66141, which haes evolved intae an orange giant taewards the end o its life cycle, wis discovered tae hae a planet in 2012. Thare are twa faint deep sky objects within the constellation's borders. The 11 Canis-Minorids are a meteor shower that can be seen in early December.

Coordinates: Sky map 08h 00m 00s, +05° 00′ 00″