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Procyon

Procyon — Procyon (α Canis Minoris) is a brilliant star that receives its name from the fact that it precedes the star Sirius as it travels across the Earth’s sky.

These two “dog stars” are referred to in the most ancient literature and were venerated by the Babylonians and the Egyptians.

Astrologically, Procyon portended wealth, fame, and good fortune.
Like Sirius, Procyon has a faint white dwarf companion.

It is one of the closest stars to Earth’s solar system, being only 11.4 light years away.

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Procyon