Constellation illustration

Esahubble_opo0602b_500

esahubble_opo0602b January 9th, 2006

Credit: NASA, ESA, N. Evans (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA), and H. Bond (STScI)

We tend to think of the North Star, Polaris, as a steady, solitary point of light that guided sailors in ages past. But there is more to the North Star than meets the eye. The North Star is actually a triple star system. And while one companion can be seen easily through small telescopes, the other hugs Polaris so tightly that it has never been seen until now.

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo0602b/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Alpha Ursae Minoris Big Dipper North Star Polaris Small Bear Ursa Minor
Subject - General
Esahubble_opo0602b_1280
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ID
opo0602b
Subject Category
E  
Subject Name
Alpha Ursae Minoris, Big Dipper, North Star, Polaris, Small Bear, Ursa Minor
Credits
NASA, ESA, N. Evans (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA), and H. Bond (STScI)
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo0602b/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Instrument
Color Assignment
Band
Bandpass
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
Equinox
Reference Value
Reference Dimension
1114.0, 1306.0
Reference Pixel
Scale
Rotation
Coordinate System Projection:
Quality
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
ESA/Hubble
URL
http://www.spacetelescope.org/
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
City
Garching bei München
State/Province
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
ESA/Hubble
Publisher ID
esahubble
Resource ID
opo0602b
Metadata Date
2006-01-06T12:25:06-05:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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