|Winter: Orion Canis Major Canis Minor Monoceros Lepus Eridanus Taurus Auriga Camelopardalis Lynx Gemini Cancer|
|Spring: Hydra Sextans Crater Corvus Leo Leo Minor Ursa Major Ursa Minor Canes Venatici Coma Berenices Virgo Bootes|
|Summer: Draco Corona Borealis Hercules Ophiuchus Serpens Libra Scorpius Sagittarius Scutum Aquila Sagitta Vulpecula Lyra Cygnus|
|Autumn: Andromeda Perseus Pegasus Cassiopeia Cephus Cetus Lacerta Delphinus Equuleus Capricornus Aquarius Pisces Aries|
|Southern Skies: Centaurus Crux Lupus Corona Australis Piscis Australis Sculptor Tucana Fornax Dorado Columba Puppis Carina Vela|
Just across the Milky Way from Canis Major, leaping at Orion's shoulder like a young pup, is Canis Minor, the Little Dog. It's a small constellation, with not a lot to offer besides the two stars Procyon, and Gomeisa.
Procyon is the alpha star, and the name means before the dog, because it rises in the east just before Sirius, the great Dog Star. Procyon itself is no slouch, with a magnitude of 0.35, it is the eighth brightest star in the sky. It is also the fifth closest of all the visible stars, residing at a distance of only 11.3 light years. It is an F5 main sequence star twice the size of our Sun, and six times brighter, with a surface temperature of 7,000 ° C.
Procyon, like its big brother Sirius, has a small white dwarf star as a companion, making it a binary system.
The beta star in Canis Minor is named Gomeisa, which means the one with the sad eyes. The name harkens back to a pre-canis-minor legend of a weeping sister, left behind, on the wrong side of the Milky Way. Although the star looks smaller and fainter than Procyon, it is actually much bigger and brighter, but it is 15 times farther away, out at a distance of 170 light years.
Canis Minor is traditionally thought of as the smaller of Orion's two faithful hunting dogs.