The main figure of Canis Minor (north to upper left), Orion's Smaller Dog, is made of just two stars, bright Procyon (Alpha CMi) just below the center, and Gomeisa (Beta) the next brighter star, up and a bit to the right of Procyon. Gamma CMi is just up and to the left of Gomeisa, while Eta CMi is immediately below it. Delta-1 is the brightest star immediately down and to the right of Procyon. Gemini is off the top of the picture, Orion off to the right. Al Tarf of Cancer (Beta Cnc) glows at the far left edge, while Delta Mon can be seen tward lower right. Procyon is at the northeast apex of the Winter Triangle.

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See Canis Minor in context with the Winter Triangle.

See the wide field around Canis Minor.

For more on Canis Minor, see "Going to the Dogs" at "Stellar Stories."

By Jim Kaler. Return to STARS.