A binary star in the constellation Canis Minor. Also called Dog Star.
[Latin Procyon, from Greek Prokuon : pro-, before. See pro-2 + kuon, dog.]
Scientific classification: Raccoons make up the genus Procyon of the family Procyonidae.
1.Of or relating to Sirius or Procyon.
2.Of or relating to the dog days.
[Late Latin canìculâris, of Sirius, from Latin Canìcula, Sirius, diminutive of canis, dog.]
Canis Minor (kA´nîs mÌ´ner)
A constellation in the equatorial region of the Southern Hemisphere near Hydra and Monoceros, containing the star Procyon.
[Latin canis, dog + minor, smaller.]
Canis Major and Canis Minor
Canis Major and Canis Minor (Latin, "greater dog" and "lesser dog"), two constellations of stars, the former lying southeast and the latter east of Orion, and separated by the Milky Way. According to ancient mythology, these constellations represent dogs trotting at the heels of the Greek hunter Orion. Canis Major contains Sirius (also called the Dog Star), the brightest star in the heavens, and Canis Minor contains Procyon, far less bright than Sirius but still a star of the first magnitude. Midsummer, when Sirius rises at dawn, was associated by the ancients with the Dog Star, and this period is still known as the dog days or canicular days.
also called Alpha Canis Minoris, brightest star in the northern constellation Canis Minor (Lesser Dog) and one of the brightest in the entire sky, with an apparent visual magnitude of 0.34. Procyon lies about 11 light-years from the Earth and is a visual binary, a bright yellow-white subgiant with a faint, white dwarf companion of about the 11th magnitude. The name apparently derives from Greek words for "before the dog," in reference to the constellation.
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