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Canes Venatici 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 3 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site. The current largest star so far identified in the constellation of Canes Venatici is La Superba.

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 Count3
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 Stars with Exoplanets in Canes Venatici

StarDistance (Lt. Yrs.)Exoplanet CountDeclinationRight Ascension
HD 119445911.071+41d 40` 27.313h 42m 28.87
HIP 65407194.842+48d 53` 07.113h 24m 21.04

List of Named Stars in Canes Venatici without Extrasolar Planets

As there's so many stars in the cosmos, not all the stars are listed here. The site has lots of stars not listed so if your star isn't listed and you know the Henry Draper or Hipparcos ID, type https://www.universeguide.com/star/ then followed by the HIPNNNNNN or HDNNNN where NNNNN is the number part of the name. The stars that I do list have either a traditional name, a bayer or other classification name.

StarDistance (Lt. Yrs.)DeclinationRight Ascension
10 Canum Venaticorum56.67+39d 16` 42.912h 44m 59.68
11 Canum Venaticorum448.64+48d 28` 00.512h 48m 41.86
14 Canum Venaticorum340.46+35d 47` 55.913h 05m 44.46
15 Canum Venaticorum1208.01+38d 32` 01.913h 09m 42.04
17 Canum Venaticorum206.43+38d 29` 55.913h 10m 03.27
19 Canum Venaticorum241.60+40d 51` 18.613h 15m 32.05
2 Canum Venaticorum771.07+40d 39` 36.912h 16m 07.54
20 Canum Venaticorum264.31+40d 34` 21.213h 17m 32.64
21 Canum Venaticorum274.78+49d 40` 55.313h 18m 14.54
23 Canum Venaticorum508.84+40d 09` 02.013h 20m 19.00
24 Canum Venaticorum180.30+49d 00` 57.313h 34m 27.37
25 Canum Venaticorum198.64+36d 17` 41.413h 37m 27.70
3 Canum Venaticorum589.81+48d 59` 02.912h 19m 48.72
4 Canum Venaticorum310.34+42d 32` 33.812h 23m 47.08
5 Canum Venaticorum386.45+51d 33` 44.012h 24m 01.48
6 Canum Venaticorum261.56+39d 01` 07.312h 25m 51.00
7 Canum Venaticorum146.00+51d 32` 08.112h 30m 03.10
9 Canum Venaticorum221.28+40d 52` 28.912h 38m 46.30
Alpha1 Canum Venaticorum120.36+38d 18` 52.912h 56m 00.60
AW Canum Venaticorum600.67+34d 26` 39.513h 51m 47.49
BM Canum Venaticorum368.13+38d 52` 49.713h 21m 32.30
Chara27.53+41d 21` 24.412h 33m 45.09
CL Canum Venaticorum1160.72+37d 02` 02.213h 23m 53.92
Cor Caroli114.81+38d 19` 05.712h 56m 01.84
HR 5110148.93+37d 10` 56.813h 34m 47.75
La Superba1045.40+45d 26` 24.812h 45m 07.83
R Canum Venaticorum3136.19+39d 32` 33.213h 48m 57.04
RS Canum Venaticorum521.86+35d 56` 05.413h 10m 36.94
TT Canum Venaticorum+37d 49` 03.812h 59m 22.66
TU Canum Venaticorum695.44+47d 11` 48.312h 54m 56.54
V Canum Venaticorum2265.02+45d 31` 37.813h 19m 27.80
VZ Canum Venaticorum1456.09+28d 35` 04.913h 32m 03.39

Objects of Interest (Galaxies, Nebulas, Supernovas, etc) in Canes Venatici

NameTypeDistanceDeclinationRight Ascension
M106 Spiral GalaxySpiral Galaxy22.200-25.200+47:1812h 19m 0
M3 Globular ClusterGlobular Cluster33.928:2313h 42m 2
M94 Spiral GalaxySpiral Galaxy14.700-17.300+41:0712h 50m 9
Sunflower GalaxySpiral Galaxy37000+42:0213h 15m 8
Whirlpool GalaxySpiral Galaxy19.000-27.000+47:1213h 29m 9

Canes Venatici Constellation's Star Breakdown

Type Breakdown

KLight Orange Star 3,700 - 5,200k449
GYellow 5,200 - 6,000k352
FYellow-White 6,000 - 7,500k342
AWhite 7,500 - 10,000k89
MRed Dwarf Star <3,700k71
BBlue-White 10,500 - 30,000k9

Size Breakdown

IIINormal Giant369
VMain Sequence155
IIBright Giant4
IaLuminous Supergiant1
IabIntermediate Luminous Supergiant1

Breakdown of Dwarf Stars by Type

sdsd Type SubDwarf Star1

Breakdown of Carbon Stars by Type

RR-Type Carbon Star2
SS-Type Carbon Star1
CC-Type Carbon Star1

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