Artist's concept of the Polaris triple star system
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NASA, ESA, G. Bacon (STScI)
Polaris - the North Star
What's in a Name:
|| So named because it is the closest star to the celestial north pole.
Claim to Fame:
|| It's the famous North Star! (actually a triple star system)
|Type of Star:
|| Yellow-white Supergiant
How Far Away:
||430 light years away
||About 46 times the size of the Sun
| How Bright:
|| Roughly 1800 times the luminosity of the Sun
Where to View:|| In the constellation Ursa Minor.
When to View:||All year round in the Northern Hemisphere|
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