Canopus, the second brightest star in the night sky. (Sirius is the brightest.) Canopus is in the constellation Carina. The star is visible in the southern United States and elsewhere below 37 north latitude. Canopus has an apparent magnitude of -0.72 and an absolute magnitude of approximately -3.5. It is approximately 115 light-years from the earth.
It wasn't so long ago that astronomers thought the universe contained normal matter, or baryonic matter, the base unit of which is the atom. But when it comes to the cosmos, there's always more than meets the eye. What else is hanging out in space?
Some of the most interesting objects in our solar system are also the smallest or largest. In addition to the sun, planets, and moons, our solar system has a variety of small objects such as asteroids, comets, stars, meteors, and moons. These have affected what has happened on Earth in many ways.