Canis Minor: The Little Dog

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Canis Minor, The Little Dog

Canis Minor as depicted by Johann Bayer in his Uranometria (1603). Source image provided by — Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc.

Canis Minor Constellation Profile
Abbreviation: CMi Genitive: Canis Minoris Origin: Ancient
Location: Celestial Equator Size/Area: 182 sq. deg. Size Rank: 71
On Meridian: 9pm March 1st Best View (North): Winter Best View (South):
Bordering Constellations: Cancer, Gemini, Monoceros, Hydra


The Myth Behind the Constellation Canis Minor

Canis Minor, Latin for “the little dog”, has several mythical associations, but the most common is that of a hunting dog belonging to the hunter, Orion.  Another myth is that this constellation represents the favorite dog of Helen of Troy.  This dog allowed her to elope with Paris, the Trojan prince.

Canis Minor Constellation Points of Interest

Interesting Objects

Bright Stars in Canis Minor

These are the stars in Canis Minor with a minimum magnitude of 3.0.

Name Bayer Name Magnitude Color Luminosity Distance
Procyon Alpha Canis Minoris 0.34  Yellow-White 7.5 suns 11 ly
Gomeisa Beta Canis Minoris 2.89  Blue 278 suns 170 ly