Canes Venatici

The Hunting Dogs

Canes Venatici Constellation

The Hunting Dogs

The Brighter Stars of Canes Venatici

Origin of the Constellation

The Hunting Dogs represent a modern constellation created by the Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius in his sky chart of 1687. The dogs are now usually portrayed as being held by leashes by Boötes in his guise as the Bear Driver. The dogs are chasing after the Greater Bear in a perpetual race around the Pole.  
 


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