Chi Ursae Majoris
Epoch J2000.0 Equinox J2000.0
|Right ascension||11h 46m 03.0s|
|Declination||+47° 46' 46"|
|Apparent magnitude (V)||+3.69|
|Distance||196 ± 7 ly
(60 ± 2 pc)
In Chinese astronomy, Alkafzah is called Tai Yang Show, "the Sun Governor". The name was possibly derived from the word 太陽守, Pinyin: Tàiyángshǒu, meaning Guard of the Sun, because this star is marking itself and stand alone in Guard of the Sun asterism, Purple Forbidden enclosure (see : Chinese constellation).
The Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major, NGC 3877 (= H I.201), type Sc, is best found from Chi Ursae Majoris, which is almost exactly 15 arc minutes north of the galaxy.
- Nordgren, Tyler E. et al. (December 1999), "Stellar Angular Diameters of Late-Type Giants and Supergiants Measured with the Navy Prototype Optical Interferometer", The Astronomical Journal 118 (6): 3032–3038, Bibcode:1999AJ....118.3032N, doi:10.1086/301114
- Richard Hinckley Allen: Star Names — Their Lore and Meaning: Ursa Major
- Chi Ursae Majoris on WikiSky: DSS2, SDSS, GALEX, IRAS, Hydrogen α, X-Ray, Astrophoto, Sky Map, Articles and images
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