• WordNet 3.6
    • n Canopus supergiant star 650 light years from Earth; second brightest star in the sky
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Canopus (Astron) A star of the first magnitude in the southern constellation Argo.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Canopus The brightest star but one in the heavens, one magnitude brighter than Arcturus and only half a magnitude fainter than Sirius. It is situated in one of the steering-paddles of Argo, about 35° south of Sirius and about the same distance east of Achenar; it is of a white or yellowish color, and is conspicuous in Florida in winter. Astronomers call it α or alpha Argus, or α or alpha Carinæ. See cut under Argo.
    • n Canopus In Gr. archæol., a modern name for a cinerary jar representing the human figure, somewhat like the ancient Egyptian Canopic vases.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Canopus ka-nō′pus a bright star in the southern constellation Argo navis: an Egyptian vase for holding the entrails of the body embalmed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Canopus, fr. Gr. , town of Egypt
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

Arcturus and Canopus must be thousands of times larger than it.
"The Story of Evolution" by Joseph McCabe
Canopus and Deneb, Rigel and Procyon, he would visit them all.
"Starman's Quest" by Robert Silverberg
In these far southern waters we also see what are called the Magellanic Clouds, which lie between Canopus and the South Pole.
"Foot-prints of Travel" by Maturin M. Ballou
According to this fable the stars Sirius and Procyon were the sisters of the star Canopus.
"Astronomy of To-day" by Cecil G. Dolmage
Others believe the big star, Canopus, came by and ran away with her.
"Earth and Sky Every Child Should Know" by Julia Ellen Rogers
By the decree of Canopus, Ptolemy III.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various
It is not certain that Canopus was an old Egyptian town, but it appears in Herodotus as an ancient port.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various
They lie between Canopus, Acherner, and the South Pole.
"Under the Southern Cross" by Maturin M. Ballou
It contains Canopus, next to Sirius the brightest fixed star.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
The remainder of his life he spent at Canopus, and Troe near Memphis, where he died at the age of ninety-five.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 6" by Various

In poetry:

They have counted the miles to the Sun
and Canopus; they have weighed a small
blue star that comes in the southeast
corner of the sky on a foretold errand.
"Leather Leggings" by Carl Sandburg

In news:

Canopus has unveiled Edius Broadcast, which features real-time, mixed format editing, a streamlined interface, Edius Speed Encoder, and broad HD and SD format support.
Canopus Offers Options to Edius Pro 3 Users.
Canopus has added support for MXF, XDCAM and P2 to its NLE video editors.
Canopus Pro Coder Video Conversion Software Review.
The scope of her beliefs became evident in Canopus in Argus: Archives, a linked series of five science fiction novels completed in 1983.
It is Canopus, and it is the second-brightest star in the entire sky.

In science:

Polar alignment is made by Bigourdan’s method on solar spots (fortunately we were close to a solar maximum and finding spots had never been a problem), then on Venus, and fine tuning was made on Canopus itself during the observations.
Site testing in summer at Dome C, Antarctica
After different trials, we selected the star Canopus (α Car, V=-0.7) for seeing monitoring.
Site testing in summer at Dome C, Antarctica
At the end of December, Canopus and the Sun have 12 hour difference in right ascension so that Canopus is at its maximum (resp. minimum) elevation when the Sun is at its minimum (resp. maximum).
Site testing in summer at Dome C, Antarctica
Other ―giant suns‖ included α Centauri, Deneb, β UMi, Canopus, β Cen, whereas Sirius could not ―be considered a ‗giant sun‘‖.
John Ellard Gore: of immensity and minuteness