Canes Venatici

Canes Venatici is a Northern Hemisphere constellation otherwise known as the Hunting Dogs. It is one of seven constellations introduced by the 17th century astronomer Johannes Hevelius (Wikipedia) and published in Firmamentum Sobiescianum sive Uranographia in 1687. Canes Venatici remains one of the 88 modern constellations defined by the International Astronomical Union (Wikipedia).

Canes Venatici (abbrev. = CVn; genitive = Canum Venaticorum) covers 465 square degrees or 1.13% of the celestial sphere making it the 38th largest constellation. It contains 59 stars brighter than apparent magnitude 6.5, the brightest star being Cor Caroli.

For more information see the entries for Canes Venatici at Wikipedia and U. Wisconsin. For a chart of Canes Venatici, see CVn (IAU).

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