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Guardians of the Pole

GenitiveUrsae Minoris
Right Ascension14h51 to 15h22
Declination+71.8° to +74.1°
Separation3° 9'
Brightest StarKochab
Optimum VisibilityMarch (Usually visible from northern latitudes)
NotesKochab and Pherkad are the two bright stars closest to the Northern Celestial Pole, apart from the Pole Star Polaris itself. Kochab, the brighter of the two, is a second-magnitude orange giant, while white Pherkad is slightly fainter at third magnitude.

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Map of the Guardians of the Pole Map of the Guardians of the Pole

A name given the two far northern stars Kochab and Pherkad in the constellation of Ursa Minor. From northern latitudes, the Guardians never set, but circle the Pole Star Polaris once each day.


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