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Alpha Carinae is the second brightest star in the sky after Sirius. It is one of the rare cases of a yellow-white giant, which either hasn't reached the red giant stage yet or has already exceeded it.
Canopus hasn't got enough mass for a supernova and will become a huge white dwarf at the end of its life, with a neon and oxygen core.

Constellation: Carina
Distance: 316 light-years
Spectral class: F0
Visual magnitude: -0.72
Luminosity: 14 800 * Sun
Mass: circa 8 * Sun
Diameter: 65 * Sun
Radial velocity: 20.5 km/sec

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