| CANES VENATICI Chart | Midnight Culmination | Skylore | Description | Star Clusters |
| Galaxies | Discussed in these Shows |

Constellation Data

  • Translation: Hunting dogs
  • Abbreviation: CVn
  • Genitive: Canum Venaticorum
  • Size: 38
  • RA: 13 hours
  • Decl: +40 degrees
  • Season: Spring
  • Midnight Culmination: 7 April
  • Pages where CANES VENATICI is discussed in Chet Raymo's 365 Starry Nights: 71

What is the Genitive form?
What is Right Ascension (RA)?
Is this constellation ever visible from my latitude? What is Declination?

Where should I look for a constellation on a date before or after its midnight culmination? What is Midnight Culmination?


Two hunting dogs of Bootes the Herdsman, named Asterion (Starry) and Chara (Joy). They are chasing Ursa Major.

The brightest star is Cor Caroli, "heart of Charles," to honor King Charles I of England (martyred in the bloodless revolution of the seventeenth century).


Lies under the arc of the Big Dipper's handle.

[star chart]

Star chart created with Voyager II Software for Macintosh, published by Carina Software. This is just a taste of what Voyager can do! For info on Voyager II software, call Carina Software at (510) 355-1266, write them at 12919 Alcosta Blvd Suite #7, San Ramon, CA 94583, or visit Carina Software's home page and check out Voyager II for yourself.

Star Clusters

M3 (Globular cluster), mag. 6.3.

What are Star Clusters?


M51, Whirlpool galaxy (Spiral galaxy), mag. 8.4. Very near and bright, so far as galaxies go!

M63 (Spiral galaxy), mag. 8.9.

M94 (Spiral galaxy), mag. 8.3.

M106 (Spiral galaxy), mag. 8.4.

What are Galaxies?
Table of Messier Objects.
What is apparent Magnitude?

Discussed in these Shows

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