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Pherkad

Gamma Ursae Minoris, 13 Ursae Minoris

With Kochab, Pherkad is one of the two northern stars known as the Guardians of the Pole. Pherkad is a pulsing white star (of the Delta Scuti group of variables) nearly five hundred light years from the Solar System. Nearby in the sky is a fainter star known as Pherkad Minor, but this is in fact quite unrelated to Pherkad itself.

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