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Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders by Barbara Fritchman Thompson, Robert Bruce Thompson

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09Canes Venatici, The Hunting Dogs

NAME: Canes Venatici (CAWN-es ven-AT-ih-see)

SEASON: Spring

CULMINATION: midnight, 7 April

ABBREVIATION: CVn

GENITIVE: Canum Venaticorum (CAWN-um ven-AT-ih-KOR-um)

NEIGHBORS: Boo, Com, UMa

BINOCULAR OBJECTS: NGC 4258 (M106), NGC 4736 (M94), NGC 5055 (M63), NGC 5194 (M51), NGC 5272 (M3)

URBAN OBJECTS: none

Canes Venatici is a dim spring constellation of medium size, ranking 38th in size among the 88 constellations. It covers 465 square degrees of the celestial sphere, or about 1.1%. Its brightest star, Cor Caroli, is only third magnitude, and it has only a handful of other stars easily visible to the naked eye. Canes Venatici lies nestled beneath the handle of the Big Dipper, bounded on the east by Boötes, ...

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