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The constellation Canes Venatici, the Whirlpool Galaxy, and the Whale Galaxy

March 21–28, 2013: It's time to explore Canes Venatici. The constellation is an excellent target for naked-eye observers, the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) offers small-telescope owners nice views, and large-telescope owners can seek out the Whale Galaxy (NGC 4631).
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CanesVenatici
This week's naked-eye target, the constellation Canes Venatici, is home to both the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) and the Whale Galaxy (NGC 4631). // Astronomy: Roen Kelly
Each week, Astronomy magazine Senior Editor Michael E. Bakich, a master at explaining how to observe, posts a podcast about three or more objects or events you can see in the sky.

Targets for March 21–28, 2013

Naked eye: The constellation Canes Venatici
Small telescope: The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51)
Large telescope: The Whale Galaxy (NGC 4631)

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