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Canes Venatici Constellation
Constellation Canes Venatici the Hunting Dogs Star Map

Canes Venatici, the Hunting Dogs (CVn)

(CANE-eez ve-NAT-iss-eye)

The Northern constellation of Canes Venatici, the Hunting Dogs, is best viewed in Spring during the month of May.

Canes Venatici is the 38th largest constellation. It's brightest star is Asterion at magnitude 2.90. The boundary of the Canes Venatici constellation contains 4 stars that host known exoplanets.

      1. Pronunciation:
      2. CANE-eez ve-NAT-iss-eye
      1. Meaning:
      2. Hunting Dogs
      1. Genitive:
      2. Canem Venaticorum
      1. Abbreviation:
      2. CVn
      1. Constellation Family:
      2. Ursa Major
      1. Hemisphere:
      2. Northern
      1. Quadrant:
      2. NQ3
      1. Visibility:
      2. 90° N - 40° S
      1. Best viewing month*:
      2. May
      1. Area:
      2. 465 sq. degrees
      1. Size:
      2. 38th largest
      1. Right Ascension (avg):
      2. 13h 1m
      1. Declination (avg):
      2. 40°
      1. Brightest star:
      2. Asterion  (2.90)
      1. Stars with planets:
      2. 4

    Brightest Stars in Canes Venatici

    The 10 brightest stars in the constellation Canes Venatici by magnitude.

        1. Star
        2. Magnitude
        3. Spectral class

      Double Stars in Canes Venatici

      These are the brightest and easiest-to-find double, triple, and quadruple star systems in the constellation Canes Venatici . Also see all star clusters.

          1. Star system
          2. Magnitudes
          3. Type
          1. Alpha Canum Venaticorum
          2. 2.9, 5.5
          3. double

        Star Clusters in Canes Venatici

        The most notable and easy-to-find star clusters in the constellation Canes Venatici . Also see all star clusters.

            1. Star cluster
            2. Catalog #
            3. Cluster type

          Galaxies in Canes Venatici

          The most notable galaxies in the constellation Canes Venatici . Also see all galaxies.

              1. Name
              2. Alt name
              3. Type

            Milky Way Satellites in Canes Venatici

            Dwarf satellite galaxies that orbit the Milky Way Galaxy located in the constellation Canes Venatici. Also see all Milky Way satellite galaxies.

                1. Galaxy name
                2. Alt name
                3. Magnitude
                1. Canes Venatici I
                2. 13.9
                1. Canes Venatici II

              The Cosmic Hunting Dogs

              Canes Venatici, Latin for "hunting dogs", is a small northern constellation that is home to several notable galaxies and deep-sky objects. Despite its relatively minor size, the constellation offers a wealth of fascinating celestial objects for both amateur and professional astronomers to explore.

              Historical Background

              Unlike many other constellations, Canes Venatici does not originate from ancient Greek or Roman mythology. It was introduced in the 17th century by Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius, who was known for his detailed celestial charts. He depicted Canes Venatici as two dogs held on a leash by the neighbouring constellation, Bo?tes, the herdsman.

              Location and Notable Features

              Canes Venatici is located in the second quadrant of the Northern hemisphere (NQ2) and can be seen at latitudes between +90? and -40?. It's bordered by several constellations, including Ursa Major to the north and Bo?tes to the east.

              The constellation has only two main stars, Cor Caroli and Chara, forming a line southeast of the handle of the Big Dipper. Cor Caroli, the brightest star in Canes Venatici, has an apparent magnitude of 2.9 and is approximately 110 light-years away from Earth. Chara, slightly fainter, serves as an important "yardstick" in the cosmic distance ladder due to its status as a solar analog.

              Deep Sky Objects

              Canes Venatici is a treasure trove of galaxies, being home to several Messier objects. The most famous of these is the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51), one of the most beautiful face-on spiral galaxies visible from Earth. Its design, with well-defined spiral arms, has made it a favorite target for astronomers.

              Other notable galaxies include the Sunflower Galaxy (M63), a spiral galaxy with a bright yellowish core, and the Whale Galaxy (NGC 4631), so named because of its elongated, s-shaped form.

              In addition to these galaxies, Canes Venatici also houses the globular cluster M3, one of the largest and brightest clusters in the sky, containing an estimated half a million stars.

              Observing Canes Venatici

              Canes Venatici can be best seen in the month of May, but it's visible from spring to late summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Though its main stars are relatively faint, they can be located by tracing a line from the handle of the Big Dipper.

              The deep-sky objects within Canes Venatici, particularly M51 and M3, are a treat for astronomers equipped with telescopes. However, due to their faintness, these objects are best viewed from a location with minimal light pollution.

              * Constellation shown for northen hemisphere skies. For the southern hemisphere, constellations appear rotated 180 degrees (upside-down and left-right reversed) from what is shown. Remember that seasons are reversed too - summer in northern latitudes is winter in southern latitudes.

              ** Circumpolar constellations are visible year-round in the hemisphere listed (and not at all in the opposite hemisphere).