An F-type (pale yellow)
Dwarf star near the
Northern Celestial Pole, a little under 100
light years from the Solar System. It is the
faintest of the four stars that mark out the rectangular 'bowl' of the
Little Dipper formation in
Ursa Minor. It is a useful reference point in the sky, since it is easy to
locate and has a magnitude of almost exactly +5.0.