Alpha Carinae

α Carinae
Alpha Carinae goes by the name "Canopus" who was the pilot of a fleet of ships owned by King Menelaos. It is the second brightest star in the sky (after Sirius, in Canis Major), with a visual magnitude of -0.62. The yellowish-white supergiant is 313 light years away.

Argo Navis, the ship of the argonauts, was once a vast constellation until it was broken up by de Lacaille in the late eighteenth century into three smaller constellations: Carina (the keel), Puppis (the stern or poop deck), and Vela (the sail).

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