61 Ursae Majoris was the primary of the 61 Ursae Majoris planetary system. A planet in this system, Archer IV, was named for Jonathan Archer, the captain of the first Earth starshipEnterprise NX-01 – to chart the star close up. (ENT: "Strange New World", "In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II", display graphic)

Upon his return to Earth following the Xindi incident, Archer pointed out the star in Earth's sky to Erika Hernandez, to the left of the star Polaris. (ENT: "Home")

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The star was designated in Archer's bio screen aboard the USS Defiant and in the script of "Home", both of which were written by Mike Sussman. He stated, in a podcast commentary he once recorded, that the biographical data was not intended to be legible to the audience, and because of that, the bio and other displays like it should be considered a form of "soft canon" overridden by the character's statements. [1](X) In the "Home" script, 61 Ursae Majoris was noted as being near "the Big Dipper".

Star Trek: Star Charts (p. 60) falsely identifies the name of the planet orbiting 61 Ursae Majoris in "Strange New World" as Loracus Prime. The star was located in the Beta Quadrant.

In Larry Niven's Known Space, 61 Ursae Majoris was the central star of the Kzinti homeworld, the planet Kzin.

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