Arcturus is 36.7 light years away from Earth and the brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere.

Other names are:
Arktouros (Guardian of the Bear, Ancient Greek)
Alchameth (in Middle Age Astrology)
Da Jiao (Chinese)
Haris-el-sema (Keeper of Heaven, Arabic)
HokuleĎa (Star of Joy, Polynesia)
Marpean-kurrk (Australia)
Nakshatra (Hindu)
Sivulliaaluk (The First One, Inuit)