Michael Okuda, who created the wall chart "The Explored Galaxy", believed that Canopus and Alpha Carinae were two distinct stars. So, he created two systems, the Canopus and the Alpha Carinae, and located them in separate regions of space. A large, but indeterminate, number of light years separated these two systems from each other. This conflict with real world facts was understandable because a connection between the two was never established in the canon. A planet may be named Canopus III, or Alpha Carinae III, but never as Canopus III and Alpha Carinae III in the same episode. Another example of this splitting of a system into two systems would be repeated with Pollux (Beta Geminorum) with a different result.