Canes Venatici

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Map created in Guide 7.0 with the figure outline based on Johannes Hevelius' Uranographia (1690). Click on the object's name to access its image or click on the name of adjacent constellation to see its map.

This constellation was named by Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius, though dogs were depicted in this area on earlier sky maps as well. Hunting Dogs (called Asterion and Chara) are companions of Bootes in his pursuit of Ursa Major. They still chase her around the North celestial pole ...

Among numerous galaxies hosted by Canes Venatici, the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) is undisputably the most famous.

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