Gamma Canis Minoris

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γ Canis Minoris
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0
Constellation Canis Minor
Right ascension 07h28m09.8s
Declination +8°55′32″
Apparent magnitude (V) +4.34[1]
Distance 398 ± 45 ly
(122 ± 14 pc)
Spectral type K3-IIIFe-0.5
Other designations
4 Canis Minoris, HR 2854, HD 58972, BD+09°1660, HIP 36284, SAO 115478, GC 9974, ADS 6100, CCDM 07281+0856
Star map of the 25 brightest stars in Canis Minor. Gamma Canis Minoris is circled.

Gamma Canis Minoris (γ CMi, γ Canis Minoris) is a binary star in the constellation Canis Minor. It is approximately 398 light years from Earth.

γ Canis Minoris is an orange K-type giant with an apparent magnitude of +4.34.[1] It is a spectroscopic binary, and it has an unresolved companion which has an orbital period of 389 days.

Its orange colour is obvious when seen through binoculars.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Gamma Canis Minoris". SIMBAD. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Kambič, Bojan (2009). Viewing the Constellations with Binoculars: 250+ Wonderful Sky Objects to See and Explore. Springer. p. 32. ISBN 0387853545.