Canis Major
English: Canis Major

Canis Major
Constellation
Canis Major
List of stars in Canis Major
AbbreviationCMa
GenitiveCanis Majoris
Pronunciationər/, genitive s/
Symbolismthe greater dog
Right ascension7
Declination−20
QuadrantSQ2
Area380 sq. deg. (43rd)
Main stars8
Bayer/Flamsteed
stars
32
Stars with planets6
Stars brighter than 3.00m5
Stars within 10.00 pc (32.62 ly)1
Brightest starSirius (α CMa) (−1.46m)
Messier objects1
Meteor showersNone
Bordering
constellations
Visible at latitudes between +60° and −90°.
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of February.
Map of the constellation

Canis Major is a constellation that is in the southern sky. It means "greater dog" in Latin (also called large dog). There is also the constellation Canis Minor, which means "lesser dog" in Latin. The astronomer named Ptolemy listed Canis Major when he made a list of 48 constellations. It is also one of the 88 modern constellations that were made by the International Astronomical Union.[1]

The star Sirius is in Canis Major. Sirius has a magnitude of -1.44, which means that it is the brightest star in the night sky. It is sometimes called the "dog star." Also, Sirius is only 8.6 light years away from Earth, which is very close.[2]

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References

  1. Ridpath, Ian. "Chapter One Continued". Star Tales. Retrieved 31 Jan 2013.
  2. Kaler, Jim (26 Sept 2009). "Sirius (Alpha Canis Majoris)". Stars. Retrieved 31 Jan 2013. Check date values in: |date= (help)
Other Languages
asturianu: Canis Maior
Bân-lâm-gú: Toā-káu-chō
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Вялікі Пёс
български: Голямо куче
Cymraeg: Canis Major
dansk: Store Hund
Deutsch: Großer Hund
eesti: Suur Peni
Ελληνικά: Μέγας Κύων
English: Canis Major
español: Canis Maior
Esperanto: Granda Hundo
فارسی: سگ بزرگ
Gaeilge: An Madra Mór
galego: Canis Major
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Thai-khén-chho
한국어: 큰개자리
հայերեն: Մեծ Շուն
hrvatski: Veliki pas
Bahasa Indonesia: Canis Major
italiano: Cane Maggiore
עברית: כלב גדול
latviešu: Lielais Suns
Lëtzebuergesch: Canis Major
lietuvių: Didysis Šuo
Limburgs: Groeten Hoond
Bahasa Melayu: Anjing Besar (buruj)
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Duâi-kēng-cô̤
монгол: Том нохой
မြန်မာဘာသာ: ဖုသျှနက္ခတ်
Nederlands: Grote Hond
日本語: おおいぬ座
norsk: Store hund
norsk nynorsk: Den store hunden
occitan: Grand Can
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Katta it
پنجابی: وڈا کتا
Plattdüütsch: Groot Hund
polski: Wielki Pies
português: Canis Major
română: Câinele Mare
русский: Большой Пёс
slovenčina: Veľký pes
slovenščina: Veliki pes (ozvezdje)
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Veliki pas (zviježđe)
suomi: Iso koira
svenska: Stora hunden
Tagalog: Canis Major
татарча/tatarça: Зур Эт йолдызлыгы
Türkçe: Canis Major
اردو: کلب اکبر
Tiếng Việt: Đại Khuyển
Winaray: Canis Major
粵語: 大犬座
中文: 大犬座