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Alifa al Farkadain

Zeta Ursae Minoris, 16 Ursae Minoris

Proper NameAlifa al Farkadain
Bayer DesignationZeta Ursae Minoris
Flamsteed Number16 Ursae Minoris
HR (BSC)5903
ConstellationUrsa Minor
Right Ascension15h 44m 4s
Declination+77° 47' 40"
Distance369 light years
113 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +4.28
Absolute: -0.99
Spectral ClassA3Vn white main sequence star
Optimum VisibilityMay / June (Usually visible from northern latitudes)

A fourth-magnitude star that marks the base of the Little Bear's tail (or the handle of the Little Dipper). Zeta Ursae Minoris is a variable white star some 369 light years from the Solar System.

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