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Canes Venatici, The Hunting Dogs Constellation Facts and Mythology

Canes Venatici Constellation Star Map

Canes Venatici (Pronounciation:Can-ees Van-et-e-kye, Abbrev:CVn, Latin:Canum Venaticorum) is a constellation, one of 88 constellations that the night sky is divided into. The sky is not divided up equally between the constellations. Canes Venatici takes up 465.194 sq. degrees of the night sky which equates to 1.13% of the night sky. Canes Venatici is the 38th largest in terms of size in the night sky.

The constellation name means The Hunting Dogs . It was not one of the original constellations that had been devised by Ptolemy, instead it was created by Johannes Hevelius years later.

There are 3 stars that make up the main constellation. The hipparcos satellite scanned and detailed 1357 stars. There are 33 stars that can be seen with the naked eye in the constellation on a very clear night sky.

Canes Venatici is not a member of the Zodiac group of twelve constellations that appear when the Sun sets. Canes Venatici is a northern hemispheric constellation which means it can't be seen easily or at all from the southern hemisphere.

The distance to Canes Venatici is not calculable because all the stars that make up the constellation are at various distances. The best answer for distance to Canes Venatici is to calculate the average distance of the stars.

There are 5 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site. There is a dedicated page for exoplanets in Canes Venatici. The current largest star so far identified in the constellation of Canes Venatici is La Superba.

There are 5 deep space objects that were identified by Charles Messier in this constellation. There are no non-Messier deep space objects in this constellation that are covered at present on this site.

The image at the top right of this page was generated using Night Vision, a free to use and download application by Brian Simspon.

Canes Venatici Star Facts

The caveat of these stars are that they are catalogued on this site. If you know of a star that is nearer or further then do let me know in the comments and I'll add it to the site. The stars mentioned are from the Hipparcos catalogue or have been added because of their special status.

HIP 61780, Canes Venatici's Furthest Star

The furthest star that is located in the constellation is HIP 61780 and it is 163081.7 light years away from the Sun. The furthest figure is derived from either the 1997 or 2007 Hipparcos star catalogue parallax figure and it has been known to produce distances that are wrong.

Cor Caroli, Brightest Star in Canes Venatici

The brightest star in Canes Venatici is Cor Caroli and is located about 92.66 light years from the Sun. The star has a apparent magnitude of 2.89 but an absolute magnitude of 0.16 when the star is viewed from a distance of 10 Parsecs or 32.6 Light Years. The star is recognised as being the brightest in the constellation as it has the Bayer status of Alpha.

HD 119458, Canes Venatici's Dimmest Visible Star

The dimmest star that can be seen in Canes Venatici with the naked eye is HD 119458. The dim star has an apparent magnitude of 5.98. The dimmest star that a person is able to see with their naked eye is 6.0 magnitude based on the table in the reference. Ref: University of Michigan.

Canes Venatici Mythology

Although the constellation referenced Greek Mythology, it wasn't created by the Greeks but by Johannes Hevelius. Supposed to represent the dogs ( Chara and Asterion ) of neighbouring Bo├Âtes .

Canes Venatici Facts

NameCanes Venatici
Is a Zodiac Sign No
Largest StarLa Superba
Brightest StarCor Caroli
Area465.194 sq. deg.
Percentage of Night Sky1.13%
Size Position38th
Hemisphere Northern
Site Exoplanet Count5
Meteor Shower Count5
Nearest StarChara
Nearest Star with Exoplanet(s)HIP 65407
Largest StarLa Superba
Brightest StarCor Caroli
Dimmest StarHD 119458
Furthest StarHIP 61780
Bright Star Count33
Hipparcos Star Count1357
Main Star Count3
Messier Deep Space Object Count5
*Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count0
Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding ConstellationsUrsa Major
Coma Berenices

*Note: The number of Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count relates to how many are covered on this site not how many there are.

List of Deep Space Objects (Galaxies, Nebulas, Supernovas, etc) in Canes Venatici

NameTypeDistanceDeclinationRight Ascension
Messier 106 (NGC4258)Spiral Galaxy22,200-25,200 kly+47:1812h 19m 0
Messier 3 (NGC5272)Globular Cluster3390028:2313h 42m 2
Messier 94 (NGC4736)Spiral Galaxy14,700-17,300 kly+41:0712h 50m 9
Sunflower Galaxy (M63, NGC5055)Spiral Galaxy37000000+42:0213h 15m 8
Whirlpool Galaxy (M51, NGC5194)Spiral Galaxy19,000-27,000 kilo+47:1213h 29m 9

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