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Canis Minor – The Little Dog

Canis Minor is one of the 88 constellations within the celestial sphere.

Canis Minor is one of the 42 constellations that represents an animal.

Symbolism: Canis Minor is also known as ‘The Little Dog’


History & Mythology

Canis Minor is a small constellation known for a long time as one of the original constellation. The smaller constellation of Orion’s two hunting dogs, meaning ‘before the dog’ in Greek. Symbolizing that Canis Major, The Great Dog is the first of the two. Canis Minor is located near to the celestial equator.    


Key Data

Bordering Constellations: Columba is bordered by constellations Hydra, Monoceros, Cancer & Gemini.

Sky Chart #: 6.

Star Raking: 71st largest constellation in the celestial sphere. 

Main Stars: Canis Minor consists of 2 main stars.

Brightest Star: Procyon.


Kids Fun Facts Corner

# 1. Canis Minor has 1 star with planets.

# 2. Canis Minor has 2 Deep-Sky Objects. M44 & M67.

# 3. Procyon is the brightest star in Canis Minor.


Q&A Corner

Q. What is Canis Minor also known as?

Q. How many main stars does Canis Minor have?

Q. What is the brightest star in Canis Minor?

Q. How many stars have planets in Canis Minor?

Q. What number star ranking is Canis Minor in the celestial sphere?

Download questions about the Canis Minor Constellation here: Canis Minor (answers are on this page)

Teachers. For more in depth work sheets on constellations. Click on Kidskonnect Worksheets  

For further reading and more information on the Canis Minor Constellation visit Minor

  Key Vocabulary Constellation. Star. Celestial. Sphere.


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