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.