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Alrai

Errai, Gamma Cephei, 35 Cephei

Location of Alrai

One of the most northerly prominent stars with a declination of nearly eighty degrees, Alrai is directly between the 'W' shape of Cassiopeia and the polar constellation Ursa Minor.

Alrai is a star of the subgiant class, orange in colour, that lies nearly fifty light years from Earth's Solar System. It is not far from the Northern Celestial Pole, and has taken the role of Pole Star in the past - some six thousand years ago, Alrai was much closer to the Pole than it is today.

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