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Canes Venatici

Quick Facts

Name:Canes Venatici
KAY-neez ven-AT-iss-see
Meaning:Hunting Dogs
Abbreviation:CVn
Genitive:Canum Venaticorum
Visible in Latitudes:90° thru -40°
Viewing Season:Spring
Best Seen In:May, 9:00 pm
Transit Date:April 5
Right Ascension:13.16 hours
Declination:41.2 degrees
Area:465.194 sq. degrees

Star Diagram

Star Diagram: Canes Venatici

About Canes Venatici

Canes Venatici, the hunting dogs of Boötes, was created by Johannes Hevelius in 1690. The first dog is Asterion, the Starry, named for the little stars marking his body; the second dog is Chara, the Dear, so named because it is dear to the heart of its master. They help Boötes hunt or chase the Bear, Ursa Major, around the Pole.

Named Stars

 
NameStar
Cor CaroliAlpha CVn
CharaBeta CVn

Messier Objects

 
NameType
M3Globular Cluster
M51Spiral Galaxy
M63Spiral Galaxy
M94Spiral Galaxy
M106Spiral Galaxy

Neighboring Constellations

BoötesUrsa Major
Coma Berenices
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