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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Ursa Major and Boötes, under the handle of the Big Dipper.

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  • proper n. A dim spring constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a pair of hunting dogs (Chara and Asterion) held on a leash by Boötes and following the bear Ursa Major.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The hunting dogs or hounds, Asterion and Cleara, a modern constellation formed by Hevelius between Boötes and Ursa Major.


Latin Canēs Vēnāticī : canēs, pl. of canis, dog + vēnāticī, pl. of vēnāticus, hunting.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named by the astronomer Johannes Hevelius in 1687. From Latin canes venatici (literally: "dogs of hunting") (Wiktionary)


  • He awoke one morning/noon/night to find the girl turning slowly black beside him, in the last embrace of a fungal toxin he would have reserved for the Emperor of Canes Venatici, or the worst criminal in human history.


  • Cor Caroli, in Canes Venatici, is a pleasing double star, the components being of a pale white and lilac colour.

    The Astronomy of Milton's 'Paradise Lost'

  • The next considerable step towards a closer acquaintance with nebulae was made by Lord Rosse in 1845, when the prodigious light-grasp of his six-foot reflector afforded him the discovery of the great "Whirlpool" structure in Canes Venatici.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne

  • Boötes, and Cor Caroli, in Canes Venatici, which triangle is the upper half of the Diamond of Virgo.

    A Field Book of the Stars

  • The nebula in Canes Venatici is a spiral facing towards us, and its shape irresistibly suggests motions along the spiral arms.

    The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4) A Plain Story Simply Told

  • Among the more remarkable of these are the well-known nebula in Andromeda, and the great spiral in Canes Venatici; and, as a general rule, the emissions of all such nebulæ as present the appearance of star-clusters grown misty through excessive distance are of the same kind.

    A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century Fourth Edition

  • The first and most conspicuous specimen of this class was met with in April, 1845; it is situated in Canes Venatici, close to the tail of the Great Bear, and wore, in Sir J. Herschel's instruments, the aspect of a split ring encompassing a bright nucleus, thus presenting, as he supposed, a complete analogue to the system of the Milky Way.

    A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century Fourth Edition

  • The target galaxies include one classical dwarf, Leo II, and six that were recently identified in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey data: Bootes I, Canes Venatici I,

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  • The galaxy, which is similar in size to our own Milky Way, was found near the northern constellation Canes Venatici.

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  • M106 is an unusual spiral galaxy located in the constellation Canes Venatici (the hunting dogs).

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