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Ursa Minor

Quick Facts

Name:Ursa Minor
URR-sah MY-ner
Meaning:Little Bear
Genitive:Ursae Minoris
Visible in Latitudes:90° thru -10°
Viewing Season:All year (circumpolar)
Best Seen In:June, 9:00 pm
Transit Date:October 29
Right Ascension:14.78 hours
Declination:74.4 degrees
Area:255.864 sq. degrees

Star Diagram

Star Diagram: Ursa Minor

About Ursa Minor

Ursa Minor is mostly known for Polaris, the North Star which may be found at the end of the asterism, the Little Dipper. Ursa Minor does not have any mythology attached to it; it was created in the 6th century B.C. as a navigational aid for sailors out of a long forgotten constellation called the Dragon's wing.

Named Stars

PolarisAlpha UMi
KocabBeta UMi
PherkadGamma UMi
YildunDelta UMi
Pherkad Minor11 UMi

Neighboring Constellations

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