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Canis Major Constellation

Canis Major (Pronounciation:Can-iss May-jore, Abbrev:CMa, Latin:Canis Majoris) is a constellation, one of 88 constellations that the night sky is divided into. The sky is not divided up equally between the constellations. Canis Major takes up 380.118 sq. degrees of the night sky which equates to 0.92% of the night sky. The constellation gets its name as it name means The Big Dog . The constellation is one of the original constellations that was devised by the Ancient Greco-Egyptian astronomer Ptolemy who lived between 90 A.D. and 168 A.D.

Canis Major is a southern hemispheric constellation which means it can't be seen easily or at all from the northern hemisphere. The brightest star in Canis Major is Sirius. There are 10 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) detailed on this site.

Legend of the Constellation

Canis Major usually refers to one of Orion`s hunting dogs who help him fight Taurus or pursuing Lepus the hare.

There are no major meteor showers that radiate from within this constellation.

Canis Major Facts

NameCanis Major
Is a Zodiac Sign No
Brightest StarSirius
Area380.118 sq. deg.
Percentage of Night Sky0.92%
Size Position43rd
Hemisphere Southern
Site Exoplanet Count10
Meteor Shower Count8
Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding ConstellationsMonoceros

Canis Major Constellation Map

Canis Major Constellation Star Map

The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.

List of Named Stars in Canis Major

StarDistanceDeclinationRight Ascension
Adhara405.17-28d58`19.506h 58m 37.55
Aludra1988.80-29d18`11.207h 24m 05.71
EZ Canis Majoris4530.05-23d55`42.106h 54m 13.05
FN Canis Majoris3048.26-11d17`38.507h 06m 40.77
FR Canis Majoris1101.90-11d46`23.706h 21m 24.72
FU Canis Majoris2104.28-22d07`08.707h 00m 19.36
Furud362.40-30d03`48.206h 20m 18.79
FV Canis Majoris6939.65-23d50`26.607h 07m 22.59
FY Canis Majoris1249.67-23d05`09.707h 26m 59.49
FZ Canis Majoris1353.37-11d27`11.607h 02m 42.62
GU Canis Majoris1449.61-11d18`03.407h 01m 49.51
GY Canis Majoris3397.53-27d21`22.907h 13m 36.45
GZ Canis Majoris1289.18-16d43`00.007h 16m 19.21
Iota Canis Majoris2508.95-17d03`15.306h 56m 08.23
IY Canis Majoris862.87-32d22`16.706h 28m 39.24
Kappa Canis Majoris658.92-32d30`30.606h 49m 50.47
KM Canis Majoris1025.67-32d52`06.806h 31m 24.01
KX Canis Majoris911.07-26d57`26.906h 53m 00.31
Lambda Canis Majoris423.59-32d34`48.506h 28m 10.22
LS Canis Majoris1019.26-25d12`56.307h 01m 05.95
LZ Canis Majoris1842.73-25d13`51.807h 09m 43.03
Mirzam492.69-17d57`21.306h 22m 41.99
Mu Canis Majoris1244.90-14d02`36.406h 56m 06.65
Muliphein441.96-15d37`59.707h 03m 45.49
MZ Canis Majoris639.54-25d53`30.007h 21m 04.34
NO Canis Majoris1325.87-31d55`25.607h 23m 00.70
NR Canis Majoris301.17-17d51`53.5 07h 27m 07.99
Nu1 Canis Majoris350.71-18d39`35.806h 36m 22.86
Nu2 Canis Majoris64.42-19d15`20.606h 36m 41.00
Nu3 Canis Majoris421.40-18d14`14.806h 37m 53.43
Omega Canis Majoris911.07-26d46`21.707h 14m 48.66
Omicron Canis Majoris14825.61-24d11`03.206h 54m 07.95
Omicron2 Canis Majoris2764.10-23d49`59.907h 03m 01.47
OS Canis Majoris2234.00-16 d 14`04.207h 09m 33.37
Pi Canis Majoris96.50-20d08`11.706h 55m 37.40
R Canis Majoris139.51-16d23`41.707h 19m 28.08
Sigma Canis Majoris1120.84-27d56`05.407h 01m 43.15
Sirius8.60-16d42`47.306h 45m 09.25
Sirius B-16 d 43`0606h 45m 09.0
SW Canis Majoris2234.00-22d26`25.307h 08m 15.24
Tau Canis Majoris2992.32-24d57`15.807h 18m 42.49
Theta Canis Majoris260.72-12d02`18.906h 54m 11.48
UW Canis Majoris1907.39-24d33`31.307h 18m 40.38
V352 Canis Majoris54.54-23d51`43.906h 13m 45.33
V415 Canis Majoris1052.14-22d36`53.106h 36m 41.07
VY Canis Majoris-25d46`03.207h 22m 58.33
W Canis Majoris8363.16-11d55`23.807h 08m 03.44
Wezen1606.72-26d23`35.507h 08m 23.49
Xi1 Canis Majoris1382.05-23d25`06.406h 31m 51.37
Xi2 Canis Majoris441.36-22d57`53.406h 35m 03.38
Z Canis Majoris2630.35-11d33`06.207h 03m 43.17

Objects of Interest (Galaxies, Nebulas, Supernovas, etc) in Canis Major

NameTypeDistanceDeclinationRight Ascension
M41 Open ClusterOpen Cluster2.3-20:4406h 46m 0
NGC2207 Colliding GalaxiesColliding Galaxies81-21:22.2206h 16m 22s

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