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)
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. 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".