CANOPUS

, a name given by some of the old astronomers to a star under the 2d bend of Eridanus. These writers say that the river in the heavens is not the Eridanus, but the Nile, and that this star commemorates an island made by that river, which was called by the same name.

Canopus is also the name of a bright star of the first magnitude in the rudder of the ship Argo, one of the southern constellations. Its situation, as given by several authors, at different times, is as follows:

AuthorsDatesLongit.Lat.Rt. Ascen.Declin. So.
F. ThomasJan.168252′75°15′93°32′20″52°31′33″
F. Noel169793545229
Dr. Halley170<*>10527249
F. FeuilleMar.170952304

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Entry taken from A Mathematical and Philosophical Dictionary, by Charles Hutton, 1796.

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CANCER
CANDLEMAS
CANICULA
CANNON
CANON
* CANOPUS
CANTALIVERS
CANTON (John)
CAPACITY
CAPE
CAPELLA