Constellation guide to the 88 official constellations which divide up the sky. These constellations are used to help navigate the celestial sphere. The Constellations are patterns in the sky which have been to invented and have deep mythology behind them. Constellations cover massive areas in the sky and as such are very easy to find.
The Hunting Dogs
Canes Venatici is a small northern constellation which lies between Bootes, Leo and Coma Berenices.
Canes Venatici contains five Messier objects, including four galaxies. One of the more significant galaxies in Canes Venatici is the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51, NGC 5194) and NGC 5195, a small barred spiral galaxy that is seen face on. This was the first galaxy recognized as having a spiral structure, this structure being first observed by Lord Rosse in 1845.
It is supposed to represent the dogs Chara and Asterion held on a leash by Bootes. The northern of the two dogs is Asterion, the southern dog is named Chara.
Last updated on: Monday 3rd April 2017