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Ursa Minor (abbr. UMi, gen. Ursae Minoris)

Ursa Minor

Ursa Minor. © 2003 Torsten Bronger.


Ursa Minor (abbr. UMi, gen. Ursae Minoris), the Little Bear, also often referred to as the Lttle Dipper, is a constellation near the north celestial pole that is almost completely surrounded by Draco. The stars Beta UMi (Kochab) and Gamma UMi (Pherkad) are often called the Guardians of the Pole. See below for details of the constellation's brightest stars.

 

Stars brighter than magnitude 4.0
Star Visual
mag.
Abs.
mag.
Spectral
type
Distance
(lt-yr)
R.A. (h m s) Dec. (° ' ")
Alpha (Polaris) 1.97v -3.64 F7Ibv 431 02 31 50 +89 15 51
Beta (Kochab) 2.07 -0.88 K4IIIBa0.3 126 14 50 42 +74 09 19
Gamma (Pherkad) 3.00 -2.84 A3II 480 15 20 44 +71 50 02

 

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