Hevelius’s depiction of Canes Venatici


Canes Venatici, the hunting dogs of Boötes, was first depicted in the Firmamentum Sobiescianum star atlas of Johannes Hevelius, published posthumously in 1690. Hevelius named the dogs Asterion and Chara.

In common with all Hevelius’s constellation figures, this one is drawn back to front, as it would appear on a celestial globe. Boötes stands on Mons Maenalus, a now-obsolete constellation that was also devised by Hevelius.