Canis Major is a constellation in the southern sky. In greek mythology Canis Major is associated with a number of dogs but among these is the story of Orion within which also Lepus is present. Canis Major is above the horizon for only a few hours in Sweden. However, due to it's location in the sky it can be seen during evenings in the mid- to late winter. Most noticeable is the brightest apparent star in the night sky Sirius-A, which can be mistaken for Jupiter although the ecliptic is about 40 degrees higher in the sky. Sirius i above the horizon for about 7 hours at a time but reaches at most some 15 degrees altitude. The open cluster M41 can be seen in the image.
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