Trivia 11

Ursa Major – Osa Mayor

The names of the Big Dipper stars are indicated in the picture by the arrows. Their respective distances from Earth are indicated in light years (ly), and the HIP Catalog numbers. You may use Stellarium for example, and in the search window write the HIP number, and the star will be pointed to you in the constellation. The Big Dipper is the asterism of the constellation called Ursa Major. Connecting visually the stars Mizar and Alkaid, and the end of the tail of the Bear, they will point towards the star Polaris. It is a good and easy way to locate Polaris.

Published by pkrumbein

Retired Physics/Astronomy teacher and instructor. Master in Physics Education and Master in Astronomy and Astrophysics. My interests are in reading and writing.

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