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Ursa Minor – The Little Bear

Ursa Minor is one of the 88 constellations within the celestial sphere.

Ursa Minor is one of the 42 constellations that represents an animal.

Symbolism: Ursa Minor is also known as ‘The Little Bear’ & ‘The Little Dipper’ as the 7 main stars in the constellation make up a saucepan shape.


History & Mythology

Ursa Minor has been known by many different cultures and represent many different things for these cultures throughout history. In Greek mythology, Ursa Minor represents a Nymph who nursed the Greek god Zeus as an infant.

Key Data

Bordering Constellations: Ursa Minor is bordered by constellations Draco, Cepheus & Camelopardalis

Sky Chart #: 1.

Star Raking: 56th largest constellation in the celestial sphere. 

Main Stars: Ursa Minor consists of 7 main stars.

Brightest Star: Polaris.

Kids Fun Facts Corner

# 1. 4 stars in Ursa Minor have planets.

# 2. The brightest star Polaris is also known as the north star.

# 3. Ursa Minor is located in the third quadrant of the northern hemisphere.

Q&A Corner

Q&A: What is Ursa Minor known as? Answer. Little Bear & Little Dipper.

Q&A: How many main stars does Ursa Minor have? Answer. 7.

Q&A: What is the brightest star in Ursa Minor? Answer. Polaris.

  Key Vocabulary Constellation. Star. Celestial. Sphere.

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