Canis Major, a constellation of the winter sky. Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, is in this constellation. Canis Major rises in the east after Orion, the hunter. It is slightly below Orion, and appears near the southern horizon in the United States. A line through the three bright stars of Orion's belt leads to Sirius. In classical mythology, Canis Major (great dog) was one of the hunting dogs of Orion, and the constellation is supposed to look like a dog.
Hundred of meteors fly across the sky every night, but only a few make it to Earth. Meteors are best known for the brilliant streaks of light they make as they burn up in the atmosphere. Learn about 10 memorable meteor crashes that left an impression.
Asteroid belts aren't quite the dense fields of gigantic spinning rocks that you may have seen in a "Star Wars" film, but they're still fascinating. In fact, the main asteroid belt may tell us how our entire solar system came into existence.