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Adhara ( Epsilon Canis Majoris ) Apparent Magnitude 1.50 Size (LY) 431

Canis Major.
Adhara (in the image at the bottom) is the second brightest star, the brightest is Sirius.

The names of all the first magnitude stars ring clearly to us; even the names of those in the southern hemisphere are well known. Adhara has escaped the fame it deserves. Also known as Epsilon Canis Majoris, it is actually the second brightest star in the constellation, and helps form the western leg of Canis Major , the larger dog. Look just below Sirius to find an outstanding triangle of bright stars. Adhara is at the lower right.

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