Ursa Major

What is Ursa Major?

Ursa Major, or the Great Bear is the third largest constellation in the sky. What is more familiar however, are the seven stars which make up the posterior and tail of this animal. We know them as the Big Dipper, in the United Kingdom, they are known as the Plough.

When and Where is Ursa Major Visible?

Ursa Major is a constellation visible throughout the year in most of the northern hemisphere. It can be seen best in the month of April. Portions of it are visible at certain times of the year all the way down to mid-latitudes in the Southern Hemisphere. The brightest star in the constellation is Alioth, Epsilon Ursae Majoris, with an apparent visual magnitude of 1.76.

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