Canis Minor

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Canis Minor
Canis Minor
Abbreviation CMi
Genitive Canis Minoris
Pronunciation /ˌkns ˈmnər/,
genitive /ˈkns mˈnɒrs/
Seembolism The Lesser Dug
Richt ascension 8 h
Declination +5°
Quadrant NQ2
Aurie 183 sq. deg. (71st)
Main starns 2
Starns wi planets 1
Starns brichter than 3.00m 2
Starns within 10.00 pc (32.62 ly) 4
Brichtest starn Procyon (α CMi) (0.34m)
Nearest starn Procyon (α CMi)
(11.41 ly, 3.50 pc)
Messier objects 0
Meteor showers Canis-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″