Scripts כוכב(Hebrew) الكوكب(Arabic)
Pronounced Pron. Hebrew כוכב kōkhāv(Hebrew) Arabic الكوكب al-kawkab(Arabic) [key]
Other Forms FormsIn Chinese, 北極 (Běi Jí), meaning North Pole, refers to an asterism consisting of Beta Ursae Minoris, Gamma Ursae Minoris, 5 Ursae Minoris, 4 Ursae Minoris and Σ 1694. Consequently, the Chinese name for Beta Ursae Minoris itself is 北極二 (Běi Jí èr, English: the Second Star of North Pole.), representing 帝 (Dì), meaning Emperor.
Edit Status Status [show contributors]
Meaning & History
The previous pole star was Kochab, (Beta Ursae Minoris, β UMi, β Ursae Minoris), the brightest star in the bowl of the "Little Dipper", located 16 degrees from Polaris. It held that role from 1500 BC to AD 500.It bore the traditional name Kochab which appeared in the Renaissance and its meaning is uncertain. It may be from Arabic الكوكب al-kawkab or Hebrew כוכב kōkhāv, both of which mean 'star' or more likely derived from Alrucaba or Rucaba, a name applied to Theta Ursae Majoris.