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Canes Venatici(kay -neez vĕ-nat -ă-sÿ, -see) (Hunting Dogs) An inconspicuous constellation in the northern hemisphere near Ursa Major, the brightest star being the 3rd-magnitude binary Cor Caroli. It contains the bright globular cluster M3 (NGC 5272) and the Whirlpool galaxy, M5l (NGC 4194–5). The star Y Canum Venaticorum is a variable star whose brightness ranges between magnitude 5.2 and 6.6 over 157 days. Abbrev.: CVn; genitive form: Canum Venaticorum; approx. position: RA 13h, dec +40°; area: 465 sq deg.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
(“hunting dogs”), a constellation in the northern sky. It is visible year-round in the central latitudes of the USSR.
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Canes Venatici[′kä‚nēz ·və′nad·ə‚sē]
A northern constellation with right ascension 13 hours, declination 40°N, between Ursa Major and Boötes. Abbreviated CVn. Also known as Hunting Dogs.
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