Artist's concept of Polaris system

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 (about 3.2 billion kilometres) 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 kilometres) from Polaris A. The two companion stars are the same temperature as Polaris A, but are dwarf stars.


NASA, ESA, G. Bacon (STScI)

About the Image

NASA press release
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
Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Triple
Distance:400 light years

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