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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Answers: 1-f) Cepheus, the King; 2-a) Ursa Minor, the Little Bear; 3-g) the Big Dipper; 4-d) Ursa Major, the Great Bear; 5-c) Draco, the Dragon; 6-i) Hydra, the Water Snake; 7-b) Gemini, the Twins; 8-h) Leo, the Lion; 9-e) Bootes, the Herdsman
It is between the constellations Ursa Minor and Cassiopeia, and it said little about Alaska and Anchorage.
Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, the great bear and its cousin, tethered to Polaris, plodding eternally like circus animals around the North Star.
On the hirsute surface dangle, rather precariously (making a kind of truncated constellation, ursa minor as it were), four tattered photos; Harrison found them abandoned on the street.
Ursa Minor showed up well on his reappearance at Cork in April when third to Esterlina and is preferred to Jazz Beat.
Jazz Beat should prove too strong for Aidan O'Brien's URSA MINOR while the tough Willie Mullins-trained HEEZAPISTOL (rated 92) might prove a tougher nut to crack.
If we could only learn to recognize it, if we could only hone and refine our sense of the divine, just as we learn to see and distinguish with accuracy the ant on the trunk of the poplar, the Pole Star in Ursa Minor, rain coming toward us on the wind; just as we come to identify the sounds we hear, the voices of our children, the creak of the floor at the lover's footstep, the call of a finch unseen in the top of a pine; just as we can detect and name the scent of cedar or lilac, wild strawberries or river mud and rotting logs.
Milne's beloved ursa minor still has the power to keep children enthralled.
Users Guide to Galaxies -- The Users Guide to Galaxies layer enables users to go on virtual tours through different types of galaxies, from Ursa Minor Dwarf to the Milky Way.
is part of a nearby constellation called Ursa Minor (the Little Bear) and marks the tip of the little bear's tail.
The Ursids were given their name because they appear to fan out from within the constellation of Ursa Minor, the Little Bear, as noted by (http://www.