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Canis Major Constellation
Constellation Canis Major

Canis Major, the Greater Dog (CMa)

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

The naked eye can generally see up to magnitude 6 (magnitude 8 with perfect eyes under ideal super dark-sky conditions).

      1. Meaning:
      2. Greater Dog
      1. Genitive:
      2. Canis Majoris
      1. Abbreviation:
      2. CMa
      1. Constellation Family:
      2. Orion
      1. Best Viewing Month*:
      2. February
      1. Right Ascension (avg):
      2. 6h 50m
      1. Declination (avg):
      2. -22° 19'
      1. Brightest Star:
      2. Sirius (-1.46m)
      1. Exoplanet Host Stars:
      2. 9
      1. Messier objects:
      2. M41,
      1. Neutron Stars:
      2. 1 stars
      1. Pulsars:
      2. 1

    * 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.



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