The point where the handle and bowl of the Little Dipper meet is marked by the
Zeta Ursae Minoris. Less than a degree away in the sky is a slightly fainter
star, designated Theta, or 15, Ursae Minoris.
This is an orange giant
star close to the Northern Celestial Pole.
Intrinsically luminous, with an absolute magnitude
of -2.0, its 830 light years' distance from
Earth makes it barely visible to the naked eye.