English Name: The Hunting Dogs
Genitive: Cor Caroli
Hemisphere: Northern Hemisphere
Location: Between the constellations of Puppis and Lepus.
Visible between latitudes: +90 and -40 degrees
Best season: Spring
Seen in three season: Winter, Spring and Summer
Best seen in: May
Seen between: Circumpolar (This constellation of Camelopardalis stays in the Sky all the year.)
Right Ascension (RA): 13 hour
Declination (DEC): +40 degrees
Area (square degrees): 465 (38th)
Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs)
- Canes Venatici rides the sky south of Ursa Major’s Big Dipper.
- Chara is one of the brightest carbon stars in the sky.
- M3 – Globular Cluster; it’s easy to find with binoculars or small telescope.
- M51 – The Whirlpool Galaxy; seen almost face-on, one of the most famous galaxies in the sky.
- M63 – The Sunflower Galaxy; one of the brightest spiral galaxies visible in the north sky.
- M94 – The galaxy is surrounded by a faint halo.
- M106 – This galaxy resembles M31 Andromeda Galaxy, but it is ten times as far away.
Features of interest
- NGC 4244 – Large edge-on spiral, found eight degrees west of Cor Caroli.
- NGC 4485 and NGC 4490 – Two splendid galaxies in the same field: NGC4485 is more compact (this one is sometimes called the Cocoon Galaxy), while NGC4490 is larger and brighter. Located less than one degree northwest of beta CVn.
- NGC 4631 – Very large and bright, seen edge-on. Found in a rather barren field, six degrees south of Cor Caroli and two degrees west. In the same field are two more galaxies, NGC 4656 and NGC4657, just southwest of NGC4631.
- Cor Caroli (Alpha 2 CVn)
- Chara (Beta CVn)
- Photo of the constellation – Canes Venatici, as it appears to the naked-eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart – Canes Venatici
- List of stars in Canes Venatici.
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