Constellations of Canes Venatici and Boötes
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Canes Venatici and Boötes
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Image and text ©2008 Akira Fujii/David Malin Images.

In the picture above, north is at the top and the image covers 56.2 x 70.3 degrees.
Image centre is located at 13:49:52.1, +39:54:41 (H:M:S, D:M:S, J2000). Astrometric data from Astrometry.net.


Canes Venatici and Boötes
Best seen in the early evening in May

Canes Venatici (CVn, the Hunting Dogs) is an inconspicuous consellation introduced by Johannes Hevelius in 1690, nestling beneath the tail of Ursa Major. It represents the dogs Asterion and Chara, held on a leash by Boötes as the attack the Great Bear. The brightest star is Cor Caroli, named by Edmund Halley in memory of the king Charles I, King of England, or his son, Charles II.

Boötes is also well displayed here but is seen in more detail and described on its dedicated page

The main named stars in Canes Venatici: (Greek alphabet)
Asterion (Chara, β CVn), Cor Caroli (Canum Venaticorum, α2 CVn).
Main named stars in Boötes:
Alkalurops (μ1 Boo), Arcturus (α Boo), Asellus primus (θ Boo, not visible), Haris (or Seginus, γ Boo), Hemelein Prima (σ Boo), Izar (Pulcherrima, ε Boo), Muphrid (η Boo), Nekkar (Meres, β Boo).

Constellations adjoining Canes Venatici Boötes, Coma Berenices, Ursa Major.
Constellations adjoining Boötes:
Coma Berenices, Corona Borealis, Draco, Hercules, Ursa Major, Virgo.

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David Malin, 2009 October 15