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Canes Venatici (abbr. CVn, gen. Canum Venaticorum)





The Hunting Dogs; a small, faint northern constellation, surrounded by Ursa Major to the north, Bo÷tes to the east, and Coma Berenices to the south. Its only star brighter than magnitude 4.0 is Alpha2 CVn, or Cor Caroli (visual magnitude 2.89; absolute magnitude 0.89; spectral type A0Vp; distance 82 light-years; R.A. 12h 56m 2s, Dec. +38° 19' 03"). Its second brightest star, Chara, however, is of great interest because it has been ranked as the nearest Sunlike star most likely support life. Canes Venatici is particularly well-endowed with galaxies. See below for details of the constellation's interesting deep sky objects.


Canes Venatici constellation
Canes Venatici. © 2003 Torsten Bronger.
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Objects of interest
Name Type of Object Notes
Y CVn (La Superba) star See separate entry
M3 (NGC 5272) globular cluster One of the brightest of its class, it looks like a small comet through binoculars. Magnitude 6.4; diameter 10‘; R.A. 13h 41m, Dec. +28° 32'
Whirlpool Galaxy galaxy M51 (NGC 5194). See separate entry
Sunflower Galaxy galaxy M63 (NGC 5055). See separate entry
M94 (NGC 4736) galaxy A face-on Sab-type spiral with a very bright core. Magnitude 8.2; size 11.0' × 9.1'; R.A. 12h 50m, Dec. +41° 17'
Canes Venatici I Group cluster of galaxies See separate entry
Canes Venatici II Group cluster of galaxies See separate entry


Constellations
Andromeda | Antlia | Apus | Aquarius | Aquila | Ara | Aries | Auriga | Bootes | Caelum | Camelopardalis | Cancer | Canes Venatici | Canis Major | Canis Minor | Capricornus | Carina | Cassiopeia | Centaurus | Cepheus | Cetus | Chamaeleon | Circinus | Columba | Coma Berenices | Corona Austrina | Corona Borealis | Corvus | Crater | Crux | Cygnus | Delphinus | Dorado | Draco | Equuleus | Eridanus | Fornax | Gemini | Grus | Hercules | Horologium | Hydra | Hydrus | Indus | Lacerta | Leo | Leo Minor | Lepus | Libra | Lupus | Lynx | Lyra | Mensa | Microscopium | Monoceros | Musca | Norma | Octans | Ophiuchus | Orion | Pavo | Pegasus | Perseus | Phoenix | Pictor | Pisces | Piscis Austrinus | Puppis | Pyxis | Reticulum | Sagitta | Sagittarius | Scorpius | Sculptor | Scutum | Serpens | Sextans | Taurus | Telescopium | Triangulum | Triangulum Australe | Tucana | Ursa Major | Ursa Minor | Vela | Virgo | Volans | Vulpecula


Related categories

   • NOTABLE STARS
   • NEBULAE AND STAR CLUSTERS
   • GALAXIES