, which together with Merak forms the outside of the bowl of the dipper and points toward Polaris, is the most distant Big Dipper star at 124 light years.
Answers: 1) 60 seconds/minute X 8 minutes/ second = 480 seconds; 2) 90 It yr X 6,000,000,000,000 miles/It yr = 540,000,000,000,000 or 540 trillion miles; 3) Alioth and Mergez; 4) 631 - 88 = 543 light years; BONUS: Dubhe
Draco, The Dragon, is an extensive constellation with its small head situated just north of Vega and the tip of its tail just west of Dubhe
in Ursa Major.
The CAD's Dubhe
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By sighting along the line formed by the two bright stars Mirak and Dubhe
([beta] and [alpha] Ursa Major; fig.
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First center Megrez in your view, then shift roughly half a binocular field toward Dubhe
(a Ursae Majoris).
Run a line from Merak through Dubhe
(the bowl's lip), extend it on downward by about three fists (a little more than a Dipper-length), and you pass Polaris fairly closely.
The two end stars; the Pointers, Dubhe
and Merak, are a useful aid to beginners as they point directly towards the Pole or North Star -an easy way to find your bearings if you find yourself lost without a compass.
Move from Merak to Dubhe
and carry on in a straight line, until you get to the next bright star - this is Polaris.
Answers: 1) Alioth 2) Alkaid 3) Dubhe
4) Mizar 5) Merak.