Canis Major constellation, optical image

Canis Major constellation, optical image

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Caption: Canis Major constellation. Optical image of the constellation Canis Major, the Great Dog. At upper centre is Sirius (Alpha Canis Majoris), the brightest star in the sky. It is a blue-white star which lies only 8.6 light years from Earth. Canis Major is a winter constellation for northern hemisphere observers.

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