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Constellations. The Bears. Ursa Major . Ursa Major Large Bear. Third largest constellation. At 40 latitude, it is always visible in the night sky. Contains the asterism, the Big Dipper. Ursa Minor Little Bear. Also known as the little dipper. Contains Polaris, or the North Star.
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The Bears • Ursa Major
Ursa MajorLarge Bear • Third largest constellation. • At 40 latitude, it is always visible in the night sky. • Contains the asterism, the Big Dipper
Ursa MinorLittle Bear • Also known as the little dipper. • Contains Polaris, or the North Star. • The four stars comprising the bowl are of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th magnitude. This provides a practical reference for what stars are visible in the night sky.
Cepheus - The King In Greek mythology, Cepheus was a King of Ethiopia. He was husband to Cassiopeia and father to Princess Andromeda
Pleiades • Part of Taurus, cluster of stars. Using the belt of Orion to locate the Pleiades
TaurusThe Bull Marks the location of the Sun during the spring equinox
CassiopeiaThe Queen - Distinctive “W” shape
Constellations Test • Memorize the common and Latin names of these 12 constellations. • Test will be on October 17th