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Canis Major
Canis Major (Latin for 'greater dog') is a constellation in the southern hemisphere's summer sky and the northern hemisphere's winter sky. In the second century, it was included in Ptolemy's 48 constellations and is counted among the 88 modern constellations. Along with Canis Minor, it is commonly represented as following the constellation of Orion, the hunter, through the skies. The Milky Way passes through Canis Major. Several open clusters lie within its borders, including M41, which covers an area around the same size as the full moon. Canis Major contains Sirius, also known as the "dog star", the brightest star in the night sky and one of the closest stars to Earth. The other bright stars in the constellation are much farther away but very luminous. At magnitude 1.5, Epsilon Canis Majoris (Adhara) appears as the second brightest star of the constellation and is the brightest source of extreme ultraviolet radiation in the night sky. Next in brightness are the yellow-white supergiant Delta (Wezen), at magnitude 1.8, the blue-white giant Beta (Mirzam), at magnitude 2.0 and the blue-white supergiant Eta (Aludra), at magnitude 2.4. The red hypergiant VY Canis Majoris is one of the largest known stars, while the neutron star RX J0720.4−3125 has a radius of a mere 5 km (3 mi).

This illustration, which also features the constellations Lepus, Columba Noachi (now Columba) and Cela Sculptoris (now Caelum), was produced around 1823 and comes from Urania's Mirror, a set of 32 astronomical star chart cards.Lithograph credit: Sidney Hall; restored by Adam Cuerden




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For the excellent work you have produced for Singapore-related articles since your splashing entry into wikipedia, I hereby bestow the Exceptional Newcomer Award upon you! We look forward to many more of your extraordinary edits! :D - Huaiwei 12:27, 11 Jun 2005 (UTC)
 
I, Titoxd, award you this barnstar for your impressive contributions to the Hurricane Katrina article. --Titoxd 06:46, 31 August 2005 (UTC)
 
For your great contributions to Singapore-related topics, and the Current events page, I award you the Original Barnstar. Good job! Oh yes, your base maps. --Terence Ong (恭喜发财) 10:18, 3 February 2006 (UTC)
 
For your tireless contributions to and maintenance of articles on Singapore, especially those pertaining to its history, politics and current events. —Sengkang 01:57, 23 September 2006 (UTC)


 
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Dear Vsion, it's a pity that your contributinos go unnoticed and unappreciated. Therefore, sir, I, Tan Ding Xiang, hand over the Graphic Designers' Barnstar for your excellent skills in Singapore map-making!-- 贡献 Chat with Tdxiang on IRC! 08:46, 9 May 2006 (UTC)

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