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61 Ursae Majoris

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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 starship, the Enterprise 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 search for the Xindi weapon, 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, created by Mike Sussman. Sussman has stated in his podcast commentary 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. [X]wbm In fact, from Archer's vantage point in "Home", the real star 61 Ursae Majoris was not to the left of Polaris, but far to the right. Eta Cassiopeiae and Gamma Cephei were among stars that actually were "just to the left".

Star Trek: Star Charts (page 60) identifies falsely the name of 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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