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Canis Major Constellation
Constellation Canis Major the Greater Dog Star Map

Canis Major, the Greater Dog (CMa)  

(CAN-iss MAY-jer)


The constellation of Canis Major, the Greater Dog, is best viewed in Winter during the month of February. It's brightest star is Sirius at magnitude -1.46. The boundary of the Canis Major constellation contains 9 stars that host known exoplanets.

Sirius is the 7th closest star to Earth at 8.66 light years. Red hypergiant VY Canis Majoris is the 7th largest known star in the universe at 1,400 times the size of the Sun.

      1. Pronunciation:
      2. CAN-iss MAY-jer
      1. Meaning:
      2. Greater Dog
      1. Genitive:
      2. Canis Majoris
      1. Abbreviation:
      2. CMa
      1. Constellation Family:
      2. Orion
      1. Hemisphere:
      2. Southern
      1. Quadrant:
      2. SQ2
      1. Best viewing month*:
      2. February
      1. Right Ascension (avg):
      2. 6h 50m
      1. Declination (avg):
      2. -22° 19'
      1. Brightest star:
      2. Sirius  (-1.46)
      1. Stars with planets:
      2. 9



    Star Clusters in Canis Major

    The most notable, famous, and easy-to-find star clusters in the constellation Canis Major :

        1. Star cluster
        2. Catalog #
        3. Cluster type



      Nebulae in Canis Major

      The most notable, famous, and easy-to-find nebulae in the constellation Canis Major:

          1. Nebula name
          2. Catalog #
          3. Nebula type



        Exoplanets in Canis Major

        These are the most notable named exoplanet systems known in the constellation Canis Major. Bear in mind that we will likely discover billions of exoplanets in the years to come.

            1. Host star name
            2. Exoplanet name

          * For southern latitudes, flip the season listed. For example, if a constellation is listed as best viewed in the summer in the month of July, in the southern hemisphere the constellation would be best viewed in the winter in January and would be upside-down.

          ** Circumpolar constellations are visible year-round in the hemisphere listed (and not at all in the opposite).