CVn - Canes Venatici the Hunting Dogs

Intro and Visual description

Lies under the arc of the Big Dipper’s handle.

Special Stars

The brightest star is Cor Caroli, "heart of Charles," to honor King Charles I of England (martyred in the bloodless revolution of the seventeenth century).

Origin and History

One of the seven constellations created by the Polish astronomer, Johannes Hevelius, in 1687.

Skylore, Literature and Culture

Two hunting dogs of Bootes the Herdsman, named Asterion (Starry) and Chara (Joy). They are chasing Ursa Major.