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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. What is Ursa Minor known as?

Q. How many main stars does Ursa Minor have?

Q. What is the brightest star in Ursa Minor?

Q. How many stars have planets in Ursa Minor?

Q. What number star ranking is Ursa Minor in the celestial sphere?

Download questions about the Ursa Minor Constellation here: Ursa Minor Constellation (answers are on this page)

Teachers. For more in depth work sheets on constellations. Click on Kidskonnect Worksheets  

For further reading and more info on the Ursa Minor Constellation visit Minor

  Key Vocabulary Constellation. Star. Celestial. Sphere.


2 thoughts on “Ursa Minor – The Little Bear”

    1. it means that four of the stars have their own planets, just like our sun has the earth and the rest of out solar system.

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