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Canopus

Alpha Carinae

Proper NamesCanopus
Bayer DesignationAlpha Carinae
Flamsteed NumberNone
BSC2326
HD45348
ConstellationCarina
Right Ascension6h 24m 15s
Declination-52° 42' 20"
Distance313 light years
96 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: -0.6
Absolute: -5.5
Spectral ClassF0 Bright Yellow Supergiant
Optimum VisibilityJanuary (Usually visible from southern latitudes)

Despite its distance from the Earth (more than 300 light years), the supergiant Canopus shines so strongly that it is still the second brightest star in the sky - only Sirius in Canis Major is brighter.

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