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Canes Venatici

Hunting Dogs
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Canes Venatici is a moderate-sized constellation that is visible in the sprint and summer months. Located beneath the tail of Ursa Major and west of Bootes, Canes Venatici is far removed from the galactic plane of the Milky Way. In mythology, the Hunting Dogs are named Chara and Asterion and are held on a leash by Bootes in his role as Bear Driver. Bootes and Canes Venatici chase the bears Ursa Major and Ursa Minor around the celestial pole.