Brightest Stars Visible From Chicago: #7


We’ve reached number 7 on our countdown of the brightest stars visible from Chicago. PROCYON is the brightest star of the constellation Canis Minor, the lesser dog. Canis Minor is a rather small constellation, with only two stars visible to the naked eye. It is one of the two canine constellations in the Northern Hemisphere; Canis Major, the greater dog, is the other. Both trail Orion, the hunter, around the sky.

[Update: There are actually three canine constellations in the Northern Hemisphere. The third is the faint constellation Canes Venatici, the hunting dogs. It is located between the Big Dipper and the bright star Arcturus.]

Procyon in Canis Minor
Procyon is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Minor.

So, Procyon always follows Orion in the night sky, thus making it easy to find. Connect the top two stars of Orion–Betelgeuse is the bright one on the upper left, and follow that imaginary line farther to the left. Procyon is the next bright star in the vicinity. Unfortunately, you will have to wait until November before you can see Procyon in the evening sky before midnight.

Next: More of Orion

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