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.
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NEBULAE AND STAR CLUSTERS
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