Rare galactic sight this month only, don’t miss out

For southerly latitudes such as Florida, a rare February treat is in store for stargazers.

Canopus, the second brightest star in the night sky, will twinkle above the horizon just below the sky’s brightest star, Sirius.

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To find Canopus, face southward between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., and locate Sirius, the dog star. Sirius is usually a standout because it’s so shiny. Canopus will be at it’s highest at about this time, just above the horizon.

According to EarthSky.org, Canopus is in the constellation Carina, which was once part of Argo Navis, “the great ship that sailed the southern skies.”

“Astronomers officially named the constellations in the 1930s, at which time they divided Argo into three separate constellations,” EarthSky.org notes.

In the 1965 book Dune, by Frank Herbert, the fictional planet Arrakis, was third from a real star in the universe – Canopus.

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