Canine Constellations

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"Canis Major, Lepus, Columba Noachi & Cela Sculptoris", plate 30 in Urania's Mirror, a set of celestial cards accompanied by A familiar treatise on astronomy ... by Jehoshaphat Aspin. London. Astronomical chart showing a dog, a rabbit, Noah's dove, and sculpting tools forming the constellations. 1 print on layered paper board : etching, hand-colored.

“Canis Major, Lepus, Columba Noachi & Cela Sculptoris”, plate 30 in Urania’s Mirror, a set of celestial cards accompanied by A familiar treatise on astronomy … by Jehoshaphat Aspin. London. Astronomical chart showing a dog, a rabbit, Noah’s dove, and sculpting tools forming the constellations. 1 print on layered paper board : etching, hand-colored.

There are three canine constellations: Canis Major (greater dog), Canis Minor (lesser dog) and Canes Venatici (Hunting Dogs).

Canis Major is the larger of Orion’s two hunting dogs and contains Sirius, which is the brightest star in the night sky and is also known as the Dog Star.

Canis Minor is the smaller of Orion’s hunting dogs and is composed of two stars, Procyon (Alpha Canis Minoris) and Gomeisa (Beta Canis Minoris).

Canis Venatici (hunting dogs) represents two dogs (Asterion and Chara), held on a leash by Bootes, as they chase the Great Bear (Ursa Major) around the North Pole.

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Jill is mom to three retrievers. Krypto (a black lab mix) is very laid back & only gets excited when it’s time to eat. Ripley (a pure bred golden retriever) is the typical happy, always “ready to play” golden. Boomer (a golden retriever/English setter) is the baby of the group. He loves to go for rides in the car and follows Jill from room to room around the house.

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