Polaris

Observed:  Points: 10

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as of 01/22/2022 3:24 p.m.

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General Info

TypeDouble Star
ConstellationUrsa Minor
Right ascension2h31'47.100''
Declination+89°15'50.790''
Magnitude1.970
Distance432.626ly
Catalog Designations HIP11767, HD8890
Also known as the North Star!

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Polaris

Starblast 4.5
10 points

Great view of Polaris in a wide field EP (2 deg FOV) in the 4.5" scope. The 'Engagement Ring' asterism was the target of the observation, a beautiful ring of starts with Polaris as the diamond.

If you haven't looked for this asterism give it a try!

Polaris

Orion 10'' SkyQuest dobsonian
10 points

The Santa Cruz Astronomy Club put on a star party for New Brighton Middle School. 150 kids and parents showed up! Most of them seemed to really enjoy it, and all of us astronomers had a great time. It was awesome to hear conversations about the sky and space happening on their own between the kids.

There was one kid who had a huge interest in Astronomy. I told him that Polaris has a visible companion star and that they are orbiting each other. Mind = blown. Great times!

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