There have been a number of mythical dogs tied to Canis Major. One is that Canis Major, “the great dog”, and Canis Minor, “the little dog”, are the hunting companions of Orion, “the hunter”.
In another myth, Canis Major is Laelaps, a dog so swift that it was destined that no pray would outrun it. He was used to hunt down the Teumessian Fox, a beast so sly that it was destined to never be caught. On-and-on the chase went, the fox unable to outrun the dog and the dog unable to catch the fox. Finally, Zeus put an end to this paradox by turning them both to stone.
Canis Major Constellation Points of Interest
Interesting Objects in the Constellation Canis Major
Bright Stars in Canis Major
These are the stars in Canis Major with a minimum magnitude of 3.0.