Artist's Concept of Polaris System - Annotated

This is a view from within the Polaris triple star system. The North Star, Polaris A is a bright supergiant variable star.

Just above Polaris is a small companion, Polaris Ab, which is 2 billion miles from Polaris. Much farther away, near the top of the illustration, is the wide companion Polaris B. Polaris B is located approximately 240 billion miles (about 386 billion kiloometres) from Polaris A. The two companion stars are the same temperature as Polaris A, but are dwarf stars.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, G. Bacon (STScI)

About the Image

NASA press release
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Id:opo0602f
Type:Artwork
Release date:9 January 2006, 15:20
Size:2400 x 3000 px

About the Object

Name:Alpha Ursae Minoris, North Star, Polaris, Polaris A, Polaris B
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Main Sequence
• X - Stars Images/Videos
Distance:400 light years


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