CANES VENATICI (k?´-n?z ve-nat´-i-c?)—THE HUNTING DOGS. (Face Northwest.)
Location.—Cor Caroli, the bright star in this constellation, when on the meridian is about 17° south of ? Ursæ Majoris. A line drawn from ? Ursæ Majoris, through Berenice’s Hair, to Denebola, in Leo, passes through it.
The dogs, Asterion and Chara, are represented as being held in leash by Boötes, the herdsman, in his pursuit of the Great Bear.
Cor Caroli is in the southern hound, Chara, and represents the heart of Charles II of England. It is a beautiful double star in a small telescope.
The so-called “Diamond of Virgo,” is clearly shown on this plate. It is formed by connecting with lines the stars Cor Caroli, Denebola, Spica, and Arcturus.
The fifth-magnitude star La Superba, about 7° north and 2½° west of Cor Caroli, is especially noteworthy because of the flashing brilliancy of its prismatic rays.