The Constellation Canes Venatici

by Dominic Ford
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Canes Venatici

Canes Venatici is a small faint constellation introduced by the Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius in the 17th century.

It is visible in the northern sky around April, and was previously part of Ursa Major.

While its stars are not prominent, it is a rich hunting ground for galaxies, including the famous face-on spiral galaxy M51. It also contains the globular cluster M3.

It lies close to the huge Virgo supercluster of galaxies, in a part of the sky well away from the Milky Way where there is little obscuration from nearby material. This makes it is a good place to observe the distant universe.

Canes Venatici is Latin for ‘running dogs’, and it is often represented as the dogs of Boötes the herdsman.

Date First Appeared
1687 (Hevelius)
Sky Area
1.1% of the sky
465.2 square degrees
Messier Objects
Canes Venatici contains the following Messier objects: M3, M51, M63, M94, M106.
Caldwell Objects
Canes Venatici contains the following Caldwell objects: C21, C26, C29, C32.
Neighbors
The following constellations neighbor Canes Venatici: Bootes, Coma Berenices, Ursa Major.
Canes Venatici Canes Venatici
The constellation Canes Venatici as it appears to the unaided eye. Roll mouse over to see labels.
Source: Stellarium.

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Latitude:
Longitude:
Timezone:

41.14°N
73.26°W
EDT

Color scheme


Brightest Objects in Canes Venatici

Hover the pointer over the name of an object to highlight its position on the starchart to the right, or click to see more information.

Stars Open Clusters Globular Clusters Galaxies
Cor Caroli (mag 2.9) Messier 3 (mag 6.3) Messier 94 (mag 8.2)
Chara (mag 4.3) NGC 5194 (mag 8.4)
24-CVn (mag 4.7) Messier 51 (mag 8.4)
AO CVn (mag 4.7) Messier 106 (mag 8.4)
AW CVn (mag 4.8) Messier 63 (mag 8.6)
5-CVn (mag 4.8) NGC 4631 (mag 9.3)
25-CVn (mag 4.9) NGC 4449 (mag 9.4)
HIP 64540 (mag 4.9) NGC 5195 (mag 9.6)
BH CVn (mag 4.9) NGC 4490 (mag 9.8)
6-CVn (mag 5.0) NGC 5005 (mag 9.8)
BK CVn (mag 5.1) NGC 4214 (mag 9.9)
14-CVn (mag 5.2) NGC 4395 (mag 10.1)
3-CVn (mag 5.3) NGC 4244 (mag 10.6)
Y CVn (mag 5.3) NGC 4111 (mag 10.7)
HIP 61309 (mag 5.4) NGC 4618 (mag 10.8)
α¹-CVn (mag 5.5) NGC 4242 (mag 10.8)
HIP 67250 (mag 5.5) NGC 4145 (mag 11.0)
23-CVn (mag 5.6) NGC 5353 (mag 11.1)
HIP 67384 (mag 5.6) NGC 4138 (mag 11.3)
HIP 63916 (mag 5.6) NGC 5377 (mag 11.5)
2-CVn (mag 5.7) NGC 4151 (mag 11.5)
19-CVn (mag 5.8) NGC 5354 (mag 11.5)
HIP 64927 (mag 5.8) IC 4182 (mag 11.9)
TU CVn (mag 5.9) NGC 4485 (mag 11.9)
HIP 62641 (mag 5.9) NGC 5371 (mag 11.9)
HIP 65550 (mag 5.9) NGC 4800 (mag 12.0)
HIP 67194 (mag 5.9) NGC 5033 (mag 12.0)
HIP 67605 (mag 5.9) NGC 4143 (mag 12.1)
HIP 67782 (mag 5.9) NGC 5375 (mag 12.1)
17-CVn (mag 5.9) NGC 5351 (mag 12.1)
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