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Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs)

Canes Venatici (pronounced ˈkeɪniːz vɪˈnætɪsaɪ) is the Latin name of a constellation situated north of the celestial equator. As such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere.

In English language this constellation is also known as "The Hunting dogs" while in astronomical texts and literature this constellation is often abbreviated as "CVn" (according to the standard of the International Astronomical Union - IAU) or as "CVen" (according to a naming convention used by NASA).

The Latin genitive of the constellation name is "Canum Venaticorum" (pronounced ˈkeɪnəm vɪnætɪˈkɒrəm) and it is used to identify some of the brightest stars in this constellation based on the Bayer or Flamsteed star naming convention. For instance: α Canum Venaticorum (the brightest star of Canes Venatici based on the Bayer catalog); or 23 Canum Venaticorum (the 23th star in the constellation of Canes Venatici based on the Flamsteed catalog).

Canes Venatici is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. Altitude: 32°.
Available Resources for Canes Venatici

Sky chart of Canes Venatici from your location

Here we provide a simplified sky chart of the Canes Venatici constellation. Alternatively it is possible to locate Canes Venatici in the night sky using our Online Interactive Planetarium.

Chart of  constellation
This constellation image is derivatve work based on original work by IAU and Sky & Telescope magazine (Roger Sinnott & Rick Fienberg) CC-BY-3.0.

Visibility of Canes Venatici from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Canes Venatici is circumpolar and transits at 20:58 UTC (altitude: 78.5°)

The rise and set times provided here are just directional indications and they refer to a point approximately placed at the center of the constellation. In case of very large constellations these times can have little relevance.

Top bright stars in Canes Venatici

The table below lists the top 20 brightest stars in the Canes Venatici constellation. See also the complete list of 61 stars brighter than magnitude 6.5 (approximate) in the constellation of Canes Venatici. Click on each star to see more details about it.

HR Number(*) Star designation Proper name Visual magnitude Color Notes
HR4915 α2 Canum Venaticorum Cor Caroli 2.9 Variable; Double;
HR4785 β Canum Venaticorum Chara 4.26 Variable;
HR5112 24 Canum Venaticorum 4.7 Variable;
HR5017 20 Canum Venaticorum 4.73 Variable;
HR5219 4.74 Variable;
HR4716 5 Canum Venaticorum 4.8 Variable;
HR5127 25 Canum Venaticorum 4.82 Multiple;
HR4997 4.92
HR5110 4.98 Variable;
HR4846 La Superba 4.99 Variable;
HR4728 6 Canum Venaticorum 5.02
HR5023 21 Canum Venaticorum 5.15 Variable;
HR4943 14 Canum Venaticorum 5.25 Variable;
HR4690 3 Canum Venaticorum 5.29
HR4783 5.42
HR5186 5.5 Double;
HR5032 23 Canum Venaticorum 5.6
HR4914 α1 Canum Venaticorum 5.6 Double;
HR5195 5.62
HR4945 5.63 Double;
...go to the complete list of 61 bright stars in the constellation of Canes Venatici

(*) HR stands for Harvard Revised Bright Star Catalogue, which is also known as the Yale Catalogue of Bright Stars.

Top deep sky objects in Canes Venatici

The table below lists the 20 brightest deep sky objects in the Canes Venatici constellation. See also the complete list of 511 deep sky objects in the constellation of Canes Venatici. The list includes objects from the Messier, New General Catalogue (NGC) and Index Catalogue (IC).

Name Type Magnitude
Messier 3 Globular Cluster 6.39 (V)
Messier 94 (Croc's Eye Galaxy) Galaxy 8.24 (V)
Messier 51 (Whirlpool Galaxy) Galaxy 8.36 (V)
Messier 106 Galaxy 8.41 (V)
Messier 63 (Sunflower Galaxy) Galaxy 8.59 (V)
NGC 4631 (Whale Galaxy) Galaxy 9.19 (V)
NGC 5195 Galaxy 9.55 (V)
NGC 4449 Galaxy 9.64 (V)
NGC 4490 Galaxy 9.79 (V)
NGC 4214 Galaxy 9.93 (V)
NGC 4395 Galaxy 10.11 (V)
NGC 4656 NED01 Galaxy 10.52 (V)
NGC 4244 Galaxy 10.71 (B)
NGC 4111 Galaxy 10.74 (V)
NGC 4618 Galaxy 10.78 (V)
NGC 4242 Galaxy 10.83 (V)
NGC 4138 Galaxy 11.32 (V)
NGC 4157 Galaxy 11.35 (V)
NGC 5377 Galaxy 11.46 (V)
NGC 4151 Galaxy 11.48 (V)
...go to the complete list of 511 deep sky objects in the constellation of Canes Venatici