Polaris Ab (Alpha Ursae Minoris Ab) is a blue to white main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Ursa Minor. The description is based on the spectral class. The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
(Alpha Ursae Minoris Ab) is the Bayer Classification for the star.
More details on star alternative names can be found at Star Names .
Polaris Ab has a spectral type of F6V. This means the star is a blue to white main sequence dwarf star. Polaris Ab lies at a distance of 431.43 light years away from our Sun and our planet Earth or to put it another way, 132.27 parsecs away from the Sun.
Polaris Ab has been calculated as 1.04 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 723,632.00.km. If you need the diameter of the star, you just need to multiple the radius by 2.
Polaris Ab has an apparent magnitude of 9.20 which is how bright we see the star from Earth. Apparent Magnitude is also known as Visual Magnitude. Magnitude, whether it be apparent/visual or absolute magnitude is measured by a number, the smaller the number, the brighter the Star is. Our own Sun is the brightest star and therefore has the lowest of all magnitudes, -26.74. A faint star will have a high number.
Polaris Ab is an estimated 431.43 light years from our Solar System (Earth and Sun). It would take a spaceship 431.43 years travelling at the speed of light to get there. We don't have a space ship that can travel that distance or at that speed yet.
|Primary / Proper / Traditional Name||Polaris Ab|
|Alternative Names||Alpha Ursae Minoris Ab|
|Multiple Star System||Yes|
|Star Type||main sequence Dwarf Star|
|Colour||blue to white|
|Visual / Apparent Magnitude||9.20|
|Naked Eye Visible||Requires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes|
|Distance from the Sun / Earth||431.43 Light Years|
|Associated / Clustered Stars||Polaris|
|Radius (x the Sun)||1.04|