The southern pole star, Canopus, is rarely visible in thenorthern hemisphere, but it can be seen tonight south of theapproximate latitude of Los Angeles or Birmingham. It willbe the second brightest star after Sirius. By a seeming coincidence, this week’s Dreamland and subscriber interviews discuss Canopus and the ancient Egyptian belief that it was a stargate and the most important star in the sky.

Canopus will be well below Sirius and slightly to its right in the deep southern sky. Sirius, the brightest star in the sky tonight, will be in the high southern sky, immediately identifiable because of its brightness and its tendency to twinkle red and blue. Canopus will not be visible again tomorrow night.

Canopus is an unusual star, a supergiant that is more than10,000 times brighter than the Sun. It is 300 light years away.

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