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January 9, 2006 09:20 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2006-02

There's More to the North Star Than Meets the Eye

An American Astronomical Society Meeting Release

January 9, 2006: By stretching the capabilities of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to the limit, astronomers have photographed the close companion of Polaris for the first time. This sequence of images shows that the North Star, Polaris is really a triple star system. These findings were presented today in a press conference at the 207th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Washington, D.C.

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Credit: NASA, ESA, N. Evans (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA), and H. Bond (STScI)