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Beta Ursae Majoris
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Merak in Ursa Major
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0
Constellation Ursa Major
Right ascension  11h 01m 50.47654s[1]
Declination +56° 22′ 56.7339″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) +2.37[2]
Spectral type A1IVps[3]
U−B color index +0.00[2]
B−V color index -0.02[2]
Variable type Suspected
Radial velocity (Rv)-12.0[4] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: +81.43[1] mas/yr
Dec.: +33.49[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π)40.90 ± 0.16[1] mas
Distance79.7 ± 0.3 ly
(24.45 ± 0.10 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV)+0.61[5]
Mass2.7[6] M
Radius3.021 ± 0.038[7] R
Luminosity63.015 ± 1.307[7] L
Surface gravity (log g)3.83[8] cgs
Temperature9377 ± 75[7] K
Rotational velocity (v sin i)46[9] km/s
Age500 ± 100[8] Myr
Other designations
Merak, Mirak,[10] β Ursae Majoris, β UMa, Beta UMa, 48 Ursae Majoris, BD+57°1302, FK5 416, GC 15145, HD 95418, HIP 53910, HR 4295, PPM 32912, SAO 27876[11]
Database references

Merak or Beta Ursae Majoris is a star in the constellation Ursa Major. It is a white star three times larger than our Sun.

Artist's impression of Merak when viewed close up.

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  8. 8.0 8.1 Monier, R. (November 2005), "Abundances of a sample of A and F-type dwarf members of the Ursa Major Group", Astronomy and Astrophysics, 442 (2): 563–566, Bibcode:2005A&A...442..563M, doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20053222
  9. Royer, F.; Zorec, J.; Gómez, A. E. (February 2007), "Rotational velocities of A-type stars. III. Velocity distributions", Astronomy and Astrophysics, 463 (2): 671–682, arXiv:astro-ph/0610785, Bibcode:2007A&A...463..671R, doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20065224, S2CID 18475298
  10. Allen, Richard Hinckley (1899), "Star-names and their meanings", New York, G. E. Stechert: 438,
  11. "MERAK -- Variable Star", SIMBAD, Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg, retrieved 2012-01-01