Canopus, the second-brightest star in the sky, as viewed from the International Space Station.
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What's in a Name:
|| The name of the pilot of Menelaus' fleet.
Claim to Fame:
||Second brightest star in the night sky behind Sirius.
|Type of Star:
|| Yellow-white Supergiant
How Far Away:
|| 1,200 light years away
| How Bright:
|| About 100,000 times brighter than the Sun!
Where to View:|| In the constellation Carina the Keel
When to View:||All year round in the Southern Hemisphere|
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