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Even though it’s now officially spring, there’s plenty of winter left in the early evening skies. Part of the beautiful array of winter constellations are the two best-known dog constellations, Canis Major, the big dog, and Canis Minor, the little dog. They’ve been on the prowl in the southern Shamokin sky for many, many winter evenings, chasing down of a variety of prey.

Before the winter constellations go on their summer vacation, get to know the hounds of the heavens.

Mike Lynch is an amateur astronomer and professional broadcast meteorologist for WCCO Radio in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

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