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Canis Major [Latgreater dog], constellation lying near the celestial equator, SE of Orion.
Gemini [Latthe twins], northern constellation lying on the ecliptic (the sun's apparent path through the heavens) between Taurus and Cancer, N of Canis Minor; it is one of the constellations of the zodiac.
Canis soupus: eastern wolf genetics and its implications for wolf recovery in the Northeast United States.
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 Canis Major - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Canis Major (IPA: /ˈkeɪnɪs ˈmeɪdʒə/, Latin: greater dog) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also in Ptolemy's list of 48 constellations.
Canis Major's alpha star Sirius is the brightest star besides the Sun as seen from Earth.
Roman myth also refers to Canis Major as Custos Europae, the dog guarding Europa but failing to prevent her abduction by Jupiter in the form of a bull; and as Janitor Lethaeus, the watchdog of Hell.
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 Major Stars and Star Systems - Zoom Astronomy
Aldebaran is the brightest star in the constellation Taurus (it is one of the bull's eyes) and is the 13th brightest star in the sky.
Boötes (the herdsman) is a large constellation in the northern hemisphere.
Canis Major is one of the constellation Orion's hunting dogs (together with Canis Minor).
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 Constellation Canis Major   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
A small and compact constellation of the southern hemisphere.
The brightest of all stars, Sirius, belongs to this constellation.
As the name associates Canis Major (lat.: canis=dog, major=greater) is thought to be one of the hunting dogs of Orion.
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 Canis Major
They bark at the Moon to prevent it from crossing the boundaries of the tropics (Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn), for this capricious Moon constantly wanders away from the line of the ecliptic which is outlined by the unchanging journey of the Sun.
In China Canis Major T'ien Kou is yang and helps Erh-lang drive off evil spirits; but as guardian of the night hours becomes yin and symbolizes destruction, catastrophe, and is connected with meteors and eclipses, when the dog goes mad and bites the sun and moon.
Canis Major is connected by the Kabalists with the Hebrew letter Tzaddi and the 18
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 Canis Major
For example, one constellation of seven stars is seen as a wagon, a great bear, a leg of an ox, a funeral procession, a minor government official, and a big dipper, depending on the different cultures.
Canis Major is visible in the Northern hemisphere between December and March and visible in the Southern hemisphere between November and April.
Sirius is also called the Big Dog Star since it belongs to Canis Major, who is seen as belonging to the Hunter, Orion.
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 CANIS MAJOR   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Canis Major is one of Orion's hunting dogs.
The Canis major is known as the Orion's dog.
The brightest star of the sky Sirius is on the Canis Major's nose.
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 Canis Major - The Constellation Home Page
The wide stretched jaws of Canis Major sparkle with the brightest of all fixed stars, Sirius, which signifies brightness and heat.
Canis Minor, The Lesser Dog, a well trained house or watch dog which accompanied Orion on his hunting trips, owes its fame in the heavens to the first magnitude star, Procyon.
Containing Sirius, the brightest star visible on earth, the constellation of Canis Major is one of the few constellations in the heavens which resembles what it is supposed to be: a large dog.
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 Canis Major   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
The constellation Canis Major, the greater dog has been known since ancient times as the dog of Orion.
Alpha Canis Major, Sirius (6h 45m - 16° 43') has a magnitude of -1.5 and with a distance of 8.6 light years, is the second brightest star in the sky.
Sirius is a blue-white class AI star with a surfce temperature of about 10,200 K. It is part of a binary system having a white dwarf companion of magnitude 8.5 is known both as Sirius B and the Pup.
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 Chandra :: Photo Album :: Constellation Canis Major
The story behind the name: Canis Major, "great dog" in Latin, is a constellation built around Sirius, known as the Dog Star, the brightest star in the sky.
Canis Major is thought to represent the larger of his two hunting dogs (the constellation Canis Minor is the smaller).
In another, the constellation is linked to the story of Laelaps, a speed hound that was placed in the heavens after being caught up in an endless race with an unbeatable fox.
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The constellations in Greek myth, were god-favoured heroes and beasts placed in the heavens by the gods as a memorial to their deeds.
Various myths describe the birth and death of the semi-immortal constellations: such as the Gemini twins, the Dioskouroi, who were said to divide their time equally between Heaven and Haides, and Orion who is described by Homer both in heaven and hunting wild beasts in the underworld.
His constellations was the first to rise in the Greek year, and so he was perhaps thought of as the Titan god who led the other constellations in their heavenly cycle.
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 Star Tales – Canis Major
Aratus referred to Canis Major as the guard-dog of Orion, following on the heels of its master and standing on its hind legs with Sirius carried in its jaws.
Canis Major seems to cross the sky in pursuit of the hare, represented by the constellation Lepus under Orion’s feet.
There could be no resolution of such a paradox, so Zeus turned them both to stone, and the dog he placed in the sky as Canis Major, without the fox.
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 Canis Major
Canis Major, the largest of Orion's two hunting dogs, might be chasing Lepus, the Rabbit, who is just in front of him.
Indeed, unless one is studying cepheid variables, this is not a particularly fruitful area of the sky for the student of variable stars.
A printed version of this web site ["The Constellations Pocket Guide"] is available, covering all 88 constellations and their graphics.
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Canis Major, the Large Dog near Orion the Hunter
It is located in the constellation Canis Major (1992 position R.A. 6h44.8m, Dec. -16042'); its Bayer designation is Alpha Canis Majoris.
Canis Major, the Large Dog, is one of the hunting dogs of Orion the Hunter, and can be found just near Orion in the night sky.
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 Constellation Mythology - Canis Major   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Canis Major, the largest of Orion's two hunting dogs who is chasing Lepus, the Rabbit, who is just in front of him.
There is not much in mythology concerning Canis Major but the bright star Sirius was a major star in the sky for many cultures.
With the exception of Sirius, Canis Major doesn't contain many significant stellar objects.
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In "Canis Major," for example, what at first reading seems to be a simple and accurate description of a constellation moving westward across the night sky turns out -- on further readings -- to suggest a great deal more.
After all, Canis Major is very easy to spot in the night sky since it contains at the point where the dog's breastbone should be the Dog Star, Sirius, the brightest star in the heavens from our point of view.
There is a passage from Isaiah, a passage about "sleeping dogs," that resonates with the wakeful "underdog." Isaiah predicted the inevitable fall of Jerusalem and the Kingdom of Judah, and he berated the religious leaders of his day for hastening that doom by their lack of spirituality.
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 eSky: Sirius
The brightest star in the sky is also one of the nearest to Earth: Sirius is just under 9 light years away.
Indeed, there is some slight evidence that it only completed its collapse to white dwarf status within the last few thousand years - ancient records seem to refer to Sirius having a reddish appearance, which may, just possibly, refer to the dying glow of Sirius B's red giant phase.
Brilliant Sirius, just nine light years from Earth, is in the north of Canis Major, the constellation of the Greater Dog.
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 Hawaiian Astronomical Society - Canis Major
The first map is a wide area view of the constellation, suitable for naked eye browsing.
Centered on Tau Canis Majoris, the cluster is an exquisite jewel that rewards clean, high contrast optics.
75k JPEG NGC2243 (Bennett 36a) is an open cluster located in south-eastern Canis Major, 1.3° NNW of Lambda Canis Majoris.
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 Canis Major Connect the Dots Printout - EnchantedLearning.com
Canis Major is a constellation in the Northern Hemisphere.
Canis Major means "great dog." Connect the dots and see if you can imagine a dog in these stars.
Canis Major is located near the constellation Orion.
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 Fletcher Photos - Constellation Canis Major   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
The results of this mapping are the imaginative shapes and legends of the constellations.
This photo of the constellation Canis Major shows the main "naked eye" stars that make up the shape of "The Great Dog" enlarged in their true color.
Canis Major is the dog of Orion, the hunter, and is just East of the constellation Orion.
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 Utah Skies Astronomy Resource | The Amateur Astronomer's Resource
We’ll discuss myths associated with the various constellations as well as describing the numerous deep sky objects residing in the area.
Along with the other, Canis Major, they trail Orion to the east.
Tiny little Canis Minor can be found high and towards the south sandwiched between Gemini to the north and Monoceros to the south.
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 Dog Days of Summer by Susan Custer
The dog days of summer, the hottest and muggiest days of the year in the northern hemisphere, occur between July 3 and August 11, while some say it is mid-July to early September.
Because at this time, the constellation Canis Major, or the big dog, appears overhead in the sky.
In the constellation, Canis Major, is the star "Sirius", one of the brightest stars in the summer sky, meaning "seropis" or "scorching" in Greek.
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 Canis Major and Minor
Canis Major, the larger dog, comes from the southeast and Canis Minor makes its entrance almost directly east.
Sirius in Canis Major is the brightest star of night, famous the world over for its sparkling beauty.
The name Procyon, brightest star of Canis Minor, also comes from the Greek, meaning "before the dog." Being farther north than Sirius, Procyon rises a bit earlier, seeming to lead the greater dog from the rim of earth to leap into heaven.
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 Spaceflight Now | Breaking News | Astronomers find nearest galaxy to the Milky Way
Called the Canis Major dwarf galaxy after the constellation in which it lies, it is about 25000 light years away from thesolar system and 42000 light years from the centre of the Milky Way.
The discovery of the Canis Major dwarf was made possible by a recent survey of the sky in infrared light (the Two-Micron All Sky Survey or "2MASS"), which has allowed astronomers to look beyond the clouds of dust in the disk of the Milky Way.
It seems that streams of stars pulled out of the cannibalised Canis Major galaxy not only contribute to the outer reaches of the Milky Way's disk, but may also pass close to the Sun.
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 Sirius 2
It is located in the north central part (06:45:08.92-16:42:58.02, ICRS 2000.0) of Constellation Canis Major, the Larger Dog.
A binary, the system is the title member of the Sirius stellar moving group (also know as the Sirius Super Clusteror Ursa Major star stream), which include all five stars of the Great Dipper as well as Gemma and are mostly around 490 million years old and all moving towards the galactic center.
Alpha Canis Majoris A, the Dog Star, is the brightest star in the night sky as well as the brightest star in its constellation.
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 Astrobiology Magazine
The planet is one of a class known as "hot jupiters" -- gas giants located in tight orbits extremely close to their parent stars.
The star is slightly larger than our Sun and is located 119 light-years away in the constellation Canis Major (the Big Dog).
The new planet is the second one found in the constellation.
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 Canis Major — Infoplease.com
The 88 Recognized Constellations - The 88 Recognized Constellations In astronomical works, the Latin names of the constellations are...
Canis Minor - Canis Minor [Lat.,=lesser dog], small constellation ying near the celestial equator, E of Orion and...
It is located in the constellation Canis Major...
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 Constellation Canis Major
The Arabic title for the constellation was Al Kalb al Jabbar, or "the Dog of the Giant."
The ancient Egyptians believed that the flooding of the River Nile was caused by the "power" of the star Sirius.
One day Sirius convinced the god Tane to hurl the star Aldebaran at this brightest star, shattering it into the group of six stars we see now.
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