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Canopus (in astronomy)

Canopus, in astronomy, 2d brightest star in the sky, located in the constellation Carina, which is part of the ancient constellation Argo Navis; Bayer designation α Carinae; 1992 position R.A. 6h23.8m, Dec. -52°41′. It has an apparent magnitude of -0.72, second only to Sirius among the bright stars. Canopus is a yellowish-white giant star of spectral class F0 I-II. Its distance is about 100 light-years. It is probably named after the ancient Egyptian city of Canopus.

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Canopus (Alpha Carinae) Second-brightest star in the sky. It is 14,000 times as lumionous as the sun and lies 313 light years away.

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