Constellation - Ursa Minor

Constellation - Ursa Minor

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Ursa Minor, the Little Bear is a circumpolar constellation in the northern hemipshere. It lies over the celestial north pole and contains Polaris. This constellation was part of the 48 constellations described by Ptolemy and is the 56th largest constellation. This is a useful constellation as it is very easy to find and the four stars in the end "body" are each of a different magnitude. So you can estimate the darkness of your sky by identifying how many of the stars in the 'body' you can see.

The constellation contains the Ursids metoer shower that starts on December 17th.


This is an ancient constellation mentioned as far back as the 5th century BC. It is thought to be Callisto's son, Arcas. The tail is very long and is is said this is because it was swung around Polaris. The other reason that the Little Bear has a long tail is because it may have orginally been described as a dog.

Take the Tour:

The object listed below can be found around Ursa Minor. Click on the picture for information on how to find the deep space object.



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