Canis Major

History of Canis Major

It is one of the brightest constellations. Sirius, the brightest star in the boreal sky, is one of them. According to legend, Sirius is responsible for the famous "hot and humid canine weather" in September because it rises at the same time as the sun & competes with it. Canis Major & its neighbor Canis Minor, the Little Dog, appear in a large number of legends. They are represented seated under the table where Castor & Pollux take their meal. The stars scattered between Canis Minor & Gemini represent the crumbs that the twins throw on the dogs. According to the ancient Greeks, Canis Major was unbeatable in racing. It was to celebrate his victory against a fox, the fastest animal in the world, that Zeus gave him a place in the sky.

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