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Canis Major

Quick Facts

Name:Canis Major
KAY-nis MAY-jer
Meaning:Great Dog
Abbreviation:CMa
Genitive:Canis Majoris
Visible in Latitudes:60° thru -90°
Viewing Season:Winter
Best Seen In:February, 9:00 pm
Transit Date:January 2
Right Ascension:6.86 hours
Declination:-22.0 degrees
Area:380.118 sq. degrees

Star Diagram

Star Diagram: Canis Major

About Canis Major

Canis Major has since ancient times been the dog of Orion. Canis is forever in pursuit of the Hare, Lepus. The belt stars in Orion point to Sirius, the Dog Star, which we draw as the nose of the dog. The Eygtians saw the star rising as the season of flooding on the Nile began.

Named Stars

 
NameStar
SiriusAlpha CMa
MurzimBeta CMa
MuliphenGamma CMa
WezenDelta CMa
AdaraEpsilon CMa
FurudZeta CMa
AludraEta CMa

Messier Objects

 
NameType
M41Open Cluster

Neighboring Constellations

ColumbaMonoceros
LepusPuppis
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