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Canes Venatici, The Hunting Dogs Constellation

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. The constellation gets its name as it 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.

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 brightest star in Canes Venatici is Cor Caroli. 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. For a list of named stars, that is stars that don't start HD or HIP, please visit Canes Venatici Star List Page.

Canes Venatici Star and Deep Space Object Count

The number of stars that have been catalogued as part of the Hipparcos Star Catalogue from Canes Venatici is 1357. The number of stars that are of magnitude 6.0 or lower in the constellation is 33. The number of stars in the constellation that make up the outline is 3.

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.

Stars of Interest

The nearest star to Earth is Chara which is roughly about 27.53 Light Years from the Earth. The nearest star to the Earth with an exoplanet is HIP 65407 which is about 194.84 Light Years. The furthest star that can be located in the constellation is HIP 61780 which is located about 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.

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

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.

Created by Johannes Hevelius. Supposed to represent the dogs ( Chara and Asterion ) of neighbouring Bootes .

There are no major meteor showers that radiate from within this constellation.

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
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.

Canes Venatici Constellation Map

Canes Venatici Constellation Star Map

The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.

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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