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Canes Venatici brightest star is Cor Caroli. Canes Venatici includes four galaxies, the most significant galaxy is the Whirlpool Galaxy, a small spiral galaxy that can be seen face on. Messier 3 (NGC 5272) is a globular cluster that is bright enough to be seen.
In the medieval times, the identification of these stars with the dogs of Boötes arose through a mistranslation. Some of Boötes' stars were traditionally described as representing the club of Boötes. In 1533, the German astronomer Peter Apian depicted Boötes as having two dogs with him.