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Carina, along with Puppis, Pyxis and Vela, was part of the original Argo Navis constellation. From this, Carina gets it designation as the Keel of the ship. The Argo was the ship used by Jason in his search for the Golden Fleece.
Among the bright stars in Carina is Canopus, the second brightest star in the sky.
The Eta Carinae Nebula is an emission nebula in the heart of the Milky Way that is bright and much larger than the full Moon. The star at the heart of the nebula is an unstable star that has periodically erupted.
Carina is the 34th largest constellation covering 494 square degrees and is the 3rd brightest. Carina reaches opposition on January 11.