The Greater

Canis Minor Canis Minoris (CMi)

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The smaller of the two dogs of Orion, Canis Minor is easily found from its brightest star, Procyon, which forms a large triangle with Betelgeuse in Orion and sirius in Canis Major. One of the original Greek constellations, Canis Minor is usually identified with one of the two dogs of Orion. Procyon is a Greek word meaning "before the dog." The name is applied to this star because it rises earlier than the other celestial dog, Canis Major.

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