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Canopus III
Type: Planet
Native Species: Canopus III dinosaur
Location: Canopus system
Alpha Quadrant

Canopus III (or Alpha Carinae III) was the homeworld of a species of dinosaur. It was the third planet located in the Canopus planetary system.

The planet was known for its desert-like terrain. This planet was located light years from Lactra VII. This was one of three planets in the Canopus system that supported life; the others were Canopus II and Alpha Carinae V. (TOS: "Wolf in the Fold", "The Ultimate Computer")

Prior to stardate 5501, James T. Kirk visited Canopus III. During his visit, he saw the dinosaurs.

In 2269, the crew of the USS Enterprise encountered a dinosaur in a desert environment on Lactra VII, that was very much like the dinosaurs native to Canopus III. Despite initially hypothesizing that similar environments prompt similar evolution in species, it was later determined that the beast was, in fact, transplanted to the planet by the Lactrans, who terraformed the desert terrain for the beast as part of their zoo exhibit. (TAS: "The Eye of the Beholder")

The location of Canopus III in the Milky Way Galaxy was depicted on a Federation star chart in 2293. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, production art)

"The Explored Galaxy" was a map of charted space in the Alpha Quadrant. Canopus III was located between the Tholian Assembly and Romulus. Both locations were identified in DS9: "The Search, Part II", "Call to Arms" as being located in the Alpha Quadrant. This chart, first seen chronologically in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, was also seen in several Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes set in the 24th century, from the year 2364 to 2370. These were TNG: "Conspiracy", "The Measure Of A Man", "The Emissary", "The Mind's Eye", "The Game", and DS9: "In the Hands of the Prophets", "Cardassians".

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