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Eta Ursae Minoris (η UMi, η Ursae Minoris) is a star in the constellation Ursa Minor. It has the traditional names Anwar al Farkadain and Alasco. The first is from the Arabic أنور الفرقدين ’anwar al-farqadayn "the brighter of the two calves", as opposed to Ahfa al Farkadain (ζ UMi) "the dimmer of the two calves"; these names were originally applied to Kochab, and Pherkad, respectively, the other two stars in the rectangle of Ursa Minor.
Eta Ursae Minoris is a yellow-white F-type main sequence dwarf with an apparent magnitude of +4.95, making it visible to the naked eye. It is approximately 97.3 light years from Earth.
This star has 1.41 times the mass of the Sun, with a projected rotational velocity of 76.0 km s−1.
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