The Explored Galaxy

Location of Canopus III on "The Explored Galaxy"

Canopus was a star.

In 2267, USS Enterprise helmsman Hikaru Sulu used Canopus as a reference point to plot the location of the Enterprise after it was flung five hundred parsecs by the Metrons. (TOS: "Arena")

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Canopus and Alpha Carinae are depicted as being two separate stars on a star chart first seen in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and subsequently reused in a number of Star Trek episodes. In reality, these are two different names for the same star. [1] This contradiction is also noted in the Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 1, p. 115) and, according to Star Trek: Star Charts (p. 65) and Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library ("Federation Historical Highlights, 2161-2385"), Canopus (Alpha Carinae) is a star in the Beta Quadrant. The primary was a F-class star.

For Star Trek: First Contact, Alex Jaeger created a ship size comparison chart for Industrial Light & Magic. On this chart, one of the names considered for the Norway-class starship was the USS Canopus. [2]

The Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 1, p. 115) described Canopus as a red supergiant star and said it was used as a navigational reference by Voyager series probes and other NASA spacecraft.

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