This month, I take you on a search for the most understated of all the official 88 constellations. Many of us have hunted popular deep-sky objects among its stars. I’m talking about Asterion, the northern animal of Canes Venatici the Hunting Dogs.
Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius invented Canes Venatici in 1687 to honor the two hounds of Boötes the Herdsman, which he uses to drive Ursa Major the Great Bear away from his flock.Astronomy magazine subscribers can read the full column for free. Just make sure you're registered with the website.