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Canis Major (Great Dog)

Month Best Visible


Hemisphere Visible

Northern and Southern

Canis Major contains Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, known as the 'dog star'. Locate the three stars that make up Orions Belt and follow the stars in a south westerly direction leading you to Sirius.

Canis Major is considered to represent Orion's hunting dog, pursuing Lepus the Hare or helping Orion fight Taurus the Bull; and is referred to in this way by Aratos, Homer and Hesiod.

Neighbouring Constellations

Monoceros (Unicorn)

Lepus (Hare)

Columba (Dove)

Puppis (Stern)

Picture of Canis Major