Canis Minor

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Abbreviation:  CMi
English Name:  The Little Dog
Genitive: Procyon
Hemisphere: Northern Hemisphere
Location: Between the constellations of Cancer and Monoceros.
Visible between latitudes:  +85 and -75 degrees
Best season: Winter
Seen in three seasons: Autumn, Winter, and Spring
Best seen in:   February/early March
Seen between: December and April
Right Ascension (RA): 08 hour
Declination (DEC): +05 degrees
Area (square degrees):  183 (71st)

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Canis Minor (The Little dog)

  • A large constellation of the Northern Hemisphere, adjoining the Square of Pegasus (The Winged Horse).
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  • The main stars lie in a line leading away from Pegasus, and the star Alpha Andromedae (Sirrah or Alpheratz, mag 2.1) actually forms one corner of the Square.
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  • The most famous object in the constellation is the Andromeda Galaxy (Messier 31).

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Messier Objects in Canis Minor

No Messier in Canis Minor.

Other objects in Canis Minor

Select CatalogNo of Objects
Barnard (B)0x object
Caldwell (C)0x object
Collinder (Cr)0x object
New General Catalogue (NGC)38x objects
Index Catalogue (IC)6x objects
Sharpless (Sh2)0x object

Features of Interest in Canis Minor

  • Procyon – it’s a white star and the 8th brightest star in the night sky at magnitude +0.4.
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  • Procyon B – Over 10,000 times fainter than Procyon and orbits it every 41 years – the two stars appearing so close that only large telescopes can see them separate as two stars.

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Named Stars

  • Procyon (Alpha CMi)
  • Gomeisa (Beta CMi)
  • more list of stars in Canis Minor

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IAU Sky Chart: Andromeda

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Constellations – Visible from the UK

AndromedaAquariusAquilaAriesAuriga
BoötesCamelopardalisCancerCanes VenaticiCanis Major
Canis MinorCapricornusCassiopeiaCepheusComa Berenices
Corona BorealisCygnusDelphinusDracoEquuleus
GeminiHerculesLacertaLeoLeo Minor
LibraLynx LyraMonocerosOphiuchus
OrionPegasusPerseusPiscesSagitta
Serpens CaputSerpens CaudaSextansTaurusTriangulum
Ursa MajorUrsa MinorVirgoVulpecula
(44 constellations above are visible from the United Kingdom.)

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Parts visible from the UK

AntliaColumbaEridanusFornaxMicroscopium
Piscis AustrinusPuppisPyxisSagittariusScorpius
(10 constellations above are partially visible from the United Kingdom.)

(Only 10 of them even in part from the United Kingdom.)

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Constellations: Southern Celestial Hemisphere
…..never seen from the UK

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