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.
There are 6 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.
You can't just go to one location and arrive at the constellation because the constellation is made up of stars at different locations and different distances. The nearest main star in the constellation is at a distance of 27.53 light years and the furthest main star is a distance of 264.31 light years. The average distance to the main stars is 137.40 light years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Boötes .
|Is a Zodiac Sign||No|
|Brightest Star||Cor Caroli|
|Area||465.194 sq. deg.|
|Percentage of Night Sky||1.13%|
|Site Exoplanet Count||6|
|Meteor Shower Count||5|
|Nearest Star with Exoplanet(s)||HIP 65407|
|Largest Star||La Superba|
|Brightest Star||Cor Caroli|
|Dimmest Star||HD 119458|
|Furthest Star||HIP 61780|
|Bright Star Count||33|
|Hipparcos Star Count||1357|
|Main Star Count||3|
|Messier Deep Space Object Count||5|
|Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding Constellations||Ursa Major|
*Note: The number of Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count relates to how many are covered on this site not how many there are.
|Cocoon Galaxy||Barred Spiral Galaxy||25 Million LY||41:38:38||12h 30h 36m 2|
|IC883||Starburst Galaxy||300 Million LY||+34 08 21.84||13 20 35m 380|
|Messier 106 (NGC4258)||Spiral Galaxy||22,200-25,200 kly||+47:18||12h 19m 0|
|Messier 3 (NGC5272)||Globular Cluster||33900||28:23||13h 42m 2|
|Messier 94 (NGC4736)||Spiral Galaxy||14,700-17,300 kly||+41:07||12h 50m 9|
|NGC 5195||Galaxy in a Pair of Galaxies||+47 15 58.06||13 29 59m 590|
|Sunflower Galaxy (M63, NGC5055)||Spiral Galaxy||37000000||+42:02||13h 15m 8|
|Whale Galaxy||Galaxy||19 Million LY||32:32:21.23||12h 41h 58m 19|
|Whirlpool Galaxy (M51, NGC5194)||Spiral Galaxy||19,000-27,000 kilo||+47:12||13h 29m 9|
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