Ursa Minor


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Ursa Minor

(Little Bear) A constellation in the northern hemisphere that includes and surrounds the north celestial pole. The two brightest stars, both of 2nd magnitude, are Polaris (α) (the present pole star) and the orange subgiant Kochab (β), the star that marked the pole around 1000 bc, and will do so again about 23,000 years from now. Abbrev.: UMi; genitive form: Ursae Minoris; approx. position: RA 0 – 24h, dec +80°; area: 256 sq deg.

Ursa Minor

[′ər·sə ′mī·nər]
(astronomy)
A northern constellation, right ascension 15 hours, declination 70°N; its brightest star, Polaris, is almost at the north celestial pole; seven of the eight stars form a dipper ouline. Also known as Little Bear; Little Dipper.
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Time was measured using hourglasses (introduced by Venetian glassblowers in the 13th century onwards) or by following the movement of the heavenly bodies, in other words, the sun's path across the sky by day and the apparent rotation of Ursa Minor around the polestar at night.
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I looked over to the Mumbles lighthouse to see a few gulls passing by then watched as a shooting star, one of the Ursids, zipped through the sky at incredible speed from the constellation Ursa Minor.
Kenda was born at the museum to Ursa Minor and Ursa Major, two polar bears brought in 1971 to what was then called the Worcester Science Center from Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado.
If you look towards Polaris (ThePole Star) you can find the constellation Ursa Minor, which looks like a smaller,fainter plough shape.
In Ursa Minor, the Little Dipper forms almost the entire constellation of the Little Bear.