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.
It could well pay to rely on Ursa Minor
(3.00) from Aidan O'Brien's powerful Ballydoyle stable.
One star in particular, the polestar, or North Star (Polaris), in the constellation Ursa Minor
, is practically in line with the Earth's axis of rotation.
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.
Although these stars appear to be shaped like a miniature ladle, don't confuse this astral configuration with the Little Dipper (Ursa Minor
) constellation in the north.
(Latin names Ursa Major, Ursa Minor
Robert Burnham's chart, reproduced at right, details more than 300 years of the pole's precessional drift through Ursa Minor
(the Little Dipper).
How is the constellation Ursa Minor
known in English?
Meanwhile, at Ursa Minor
in Ballycastle, you'Joshua Burnside - who's album 'Ephrata', released last Friday, will surely be a contender for Irish album of the year.