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.
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