Thursday, April 23, 2015

Tonight's Sky for April 24: Canes Venatici Near Zenith at Midnight


Tonight, a small, rather new constellation called Canes Venatici (Hunting Dogs) will be near zenith (straight overhead) at around midnight. While it is not a well-known constellation, to find it, look for the familiar pattern that is the Big Dipper. The Dogs are the two stars underneath the Dipper's handle and the brighter of the two, Cor Caroli, is a spectacular blue-white double star when seen in a telescope at around 50-100x. 

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