Canes Venatici was formed by Hevelius in 1687 from a portion of Ursa Major. As early as 1533 maps of Bo÷tes, the Herdsman, showed him holding leashes for two or three dogs; but the position of the dogs didn't correspond to any particular stars and varied from one atlas to another. So Hevelius is the first to have placed them in their present position.
Historical Map of Canes Venatici
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Modern Map of Canes Venatici
Wikimedia Commons map by IAU and Sky & Telescope magazine (Roger Sinnott & Rick Fienberg)
Constellations Bordering Canes Venatici
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Stars in Canes Venatici
Stars that have common names often have multiple names, so the common names shown (if any) cannot be considered authoritative. Right ascension and declination are given in 2000.0 coordinates.
Other Objects of Interest