Canis Minor: The Little DogPronunciation: CANE-iss (CAN-iss) MY-ner
|Canis Minor Constellation Profile|
|Abbreviation: CMi||Genitive: Canis Minoris|
|Origin: Ancient||Location: Celestial Equator|
|Best View (North): Winter||Best View (South):|
|Bordering Constellations: Cancer, Gemini, Monoceros, Hydra|
The Myth Behind the Constellation Canis MinorCanis 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 InterestInteresting Objects
Bright Stars in Canis MinorThese are the stars in Canis Minor with a minimum magnitude of 3.0.
|Procyon||Alpha Canis Minoris||0.34||Yellow-White||7.5 suns||11 ly|
|Gomeisa||Beta Canis Minoris||2.89||Blue||278 suns||170 ly|