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Mitología de Canis Minor

     The constellation of Canis Minor appears between one of the hunting dogs that followed the Orión giant in their wild adventures. The other dog is represented in the sky by the constellation of Canis Major, more famous because it dominates the radiating brilliance to him of Sirius, the star most shining of the firmament.   The Egyptians observed with attention their matinal appearance, since he preceded to the most important one of announcing Syrian of the imminent floods of the Nile and, with them, of the principle of the new agricultural year. Peculiarly the main star of the constellation Procyon or Pro-Cyon   that of gave the old ones means exactly the one that precedes to the dog.


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    Canis Minor is fitted to the south of the ecliptic and 10º to the north of the galactic equator. One is in visible the North hemisphere during the months of autumn and winter in the North hemisphere and spring and summer in the South It limits the north with Gemini, the east and the south with Monoceros and the west with Hydra and Cancer. One is a small constellation but that emphasizes its main star, Procyon of magnitude 0.5 like vertex of the triangle of summer formed in addition by Sirius de Canis Major and the reddish Betelgeuse in the constellation to Orión.

        Canis Minor I located in one night fria to it of autumn at the age of 14 years, the 14 of December of 1981


Constellation of Canis Minor

Main stars

               Alpha or a : Denominated Procyon or Pro-Cion " the one that precedes to the dog " of magnitude 0.5, brilliant of clear yellow color my that light is to 11 years. It is seven times more luminous than our Sun Form leaves from a binary system with an orbital period of 40 years and magnitude 10.3

                Beta or b , denominated Gomeisa , of magnitude 2,90. Light of us is to 170 years, is 160 times more luminous than our Sun Is of blue color. 


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Nom:OS 88 R.A.: 07h.47m.

Dec: 00º47'

Mag: 7.6, 8.6 Sep.: 57" P.A.: Nat:op? Spec.:B,K
AOC: 536 DSC: 384 D. of D.S.: 19h.45m.(UT);16-Mar.-1986 (prisma)


    NOTE: One is in a rich zone; there is a great difference of magnitude, are not very separated, the main one is bluish, however, the secondary one is orange, easy to locate is unfolded with the eyeglass of 50x.



Nom:S 1126 R.A.: 07h.40m.

Dec: 05º14'

Mag: 6.6, 6.9 Sep.: 1.1" P.A.: 158º Nat:O Spec.: A,A
AOC: 929 DSC: 708 D. of D.S.: 22h.59m.(UT);18-Jan.-1990 (prisma)


    NOTE: One is to 20' to the northwest of Procyon or Canis Minoris; one is one double of components very tightened, solely something more than 1 ", and tends to come near; both I see them of white color, is unfolded with difficulty with the eyeglass of 200x.


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