Canes Venatici (the Hunting Dogs) ride the sky south of the Big Dipper. This modern constellation is marked principally by Cor Caroli (the brightest star in the picture, near center) and considerably dimmer Chara, the brightest star to the right of Cor Caroli. These two and the star below Chara make the southern of the two dogs, originally called by the star's name "Chara." The northern dog, "Asterion," is marked by the little clump of stars up and to the left of Cor Caroli. Directly up from Chara is one of the brightest carbon stars in the sky, Y Canum Venaticorum, notable by its reddish color. Sunlike 10 CVn isjust below the line that connects Cor Caroli and Chara.

Groombridge 1830 in Ursa Major is the middle of the three vertical stars near the lower right edge. To the south, off the picture toward the bottom, is the lacy cluster that makes much of the lovely constellation Coma Berenices (Berenice's Hair). Together they make a fine sight to the west of Bootes.

To see a labelled image, push the star:

See Canes Venatici from Flamsteed's Atlas Coelestis Edition of 1781.

For more on Canes Venatici, see Under the Handle at Stellar Stories.

Cor Caroli is part of the Great Diamond.

By Jim Kaler. Return to STARS.