Name a Star in the Canes Venactici Constellation

Modified: July 1, 2023     Author: International Star Registry

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Canes Venatici (derived from the Latin “Hunting Dogs”) represents the dogs Asterion and Chara who chase Callisto once she has been transformed into Ursa Major (The great bear). Two bright stars that reside there are Cor Caroli and La Superba. There are also an abundant number of notable and frequently photographed deep sky objects including the Sunflower Galaxy, the Whirlpool Galaxy, and the Cat’s Eye Galaxy. Canes Venatici basically consists of only two bright stars and you can easily locate them since they are bordered by Ursa Major, Boötes. and Coma Berenices. You can spot them with the naked eye on a starry night. The best time period to view it in the northern hemisphere is during winter and springtime. Originally included as part of the Ursa Major constellation by Ptolemy, the constellation was given its own borders and designation by Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius in the 17th century.  

Here are some prominent individuals with named stars in the Canes Venatici constellation: Jim Carrey, Robert James Plant, and Lizette Carrión. Click here for more information.


Symbol: Cnv 

Right Ascension: 01:04 

Declination: 40 

Diameter (°): 13 

Area (square °): 465 

Opposition: Apr 07 

Size Rank: 38th 

Brightness Rank: 59th 

Genitive: Canum Venaticorum 


Major stars in Canes Venatici 

Cor Caroli – α Canum Venaticorum (Alpha Canum Venaticorum, α CVn) 

Chara – β Canum Venaticorum (Beta Canum Venaticorum, β CVn) 

La Superba – Y Canum Venaticorum (Gamma Canum Venaticorum, Y CVn) 

AM Canum Venaticorum (AM CVn) 

RS Canum Venaticorum (RS CVn) 


Deep sky objects in Canes Venatici 

Messier 3 (NGC 5272) 

Whirlpool Galaxy – Messier 51 (NGC 5194) 

Sunflower Galaxy – Messier 63 (NGC 5055) 

Messier 94 (NGC 4736) 

Messier 106 (NGC 4258) 


NGC 4138 

NGC 4151 

NGC 4183 

NGC 4214 

NGC 4217 

NGC 4244 

NGC 4449 

Cocoon Galaxy (NGC 4490) 

NGC 4534 

NGC 4618 

NGC 4625 

NGC 4627 

Whale Galaxy (NGC 4631, Caldwell 32, Arp 281, PGC 42637) 

Hockey Stick Galaxies – NGC 4656 & NGC 4657 (Crowbar Galaxy, UGC 7907, PGC 42863) 

NGC 5002 

NGC 5223 

NGC 5033 

NGC 5005 (Caldwell 29) 

NGC 5112 

NGC 5371 


Mythology of the Constellation Canes Venatici 


The name “Dogs of Set”, in Egyptian gave rise to the title Canes Venatici. Set was a generic term applied to all circumpolar constellations. Canes Venatici, however, usually was accounted for in reference to the hounds of Callisto and as the hunting dogs of Boötes In Mythology, Callisto (Kallisto) was a beautiful nymph who was seduced by Zeus who came to her in the irresistible form of Apollo. When the nymph became pregnant Hera was enraged and turned her into a great bear.  

Although Canes Venatici is described previously by Ptolemy, it was given a more permanent status as a defined constellation by the astronomer Hevelius. He named the two bright stars associated with the bodies of the hunting dogs. The more northern star in the constellation is Asterion. The star Chara is south of Asterion and its closest to the breast of her master. The hounds are held in the left hand of Bootes. Although the characters of Callisto and Bootes are included in Greek Mythology, the addition of the constellation Canes Venatici was a later add-on and not part of the story. In any case, the hounds are now firmly established and recognized by all astronomers as two greyhounds held on a leash by Boötes, ready to chase the Bear around the pole. The astronomer Proctor called them Catuli, the puppies of Boötes. Canes Venatici contains M-51, the Whirlpool Galaxy. 


Q. What is Canes Venatici constellation? 

A. The constellation’s name means “hunting dogs” in Latin. 


Q. What is La Superba? 

A. La Superba is a well-known star in Canes Venatici and one of the reddest stars in the sky. 


Q. When is the best time to view Canes Venatici constellation? 

A. It can be seen throughout all four seasons from the Northern Hemisphere, this makes it a great choice when you buy a star package for someone you love. 

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