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List of stars in ursa minor
Abbreviation: UMi
Genitive: Ursae Minoris
Symbology: The Little Bear
Right ascension: 15 h
Declination: +75°
Area: 256 sq. deg. (56th)
Main stars: 7
Bayer/Flamsteed stars: 23
Stars known to have planets: 1
Bright stars: 2
Nearby stars: 0
Brightest star: Polaris (2.02m)
Nearest star: π1 UMi (70.8 ly)
Messier objects: 0
Meteor showers: Ursids
Bordering constellations: Draco
Camelopardalis
Cepheus
Visible at latitudes between +90° and −10°
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of June

Ursa Minor (pronounced /ˌɝsəˈmaɪnɚ/) is a constellation in the northern sky, the name of which means Little Bear in Latin. It is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy. It is notable as the location of the north celestial pole, although this will change after some centuries due to the precession of the equinoxes.[1][2] This is a celestial map of the constellation Ursa Minor the Little Bear. ... The genitive case is a grammatical case that indicates a relationship, primarily one of possession, between the noun in the genitive case and another noun. ... Equatorial Coordinates Right ascension (abbrev. ... In astronomy, declination (abbrev. ... Here is a list of the 88 modern constellations by their area in the sky, measured in square degrees. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Flamsteed designations for stars are similar to Bayer designations, except that they use numbers instead of Greek letters. ... An extrasolar planet, or exoplanet, is a planet beyond the Solar System. ... For other uses, see Polaris (disambiguation). ... The apparent magnitude (m) of a star, planet or other celestial body is a measure of its apparent brightness as seen by an observer on Earth. ... The Bayer designation Pi Ursae Minoris (Ï€ UMi / Ï€ Ursae Minoris) is shared by two star systems, π¹ Ursae Minoris and π² Ursae Minoris, in the constellation Ursa Minor. ... A light-year or lightyear (symbol: ly) is a unit of measurement of length, specifically the distance light travels in vacuum in one year. ... The Messier objects are a set of astronomical objects catalogued by Charles Messier in his catalogue of Nebulae and Star Clusters first published in 1774. ... A meteor shower, some of which are known as a meteor storm or meteor outburst, is a celestial event where a group of meteors are observed to radiate from one point in the sky. ... The Ursids meteor activity begins annually around December 17th and runs for a week plus, until the 24th or 25th. ... Draco (IPA: , Latin: ) is a far northern constellation that is circumpolar for many northern hemisphere observers. ... Camelopardalis, Latin for giraffe, is the name of a large but faint northern constellation first recorded by Jakob Bartsch in 1624, but probably created earlier by Petrus Plancius. ... Cepheus (IPA: ) is a northern constellation named after King Cepheus in Greek mythology, and is considered to represent a king. ... This article is about the star grouping. ... For other uses, see Bear (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... This article is about the geographer, mathematician and astronomer Ptolemy. ... The two celestial poles are the imaginary points where the Earths spin axis intersects the imaginary rotating sphere of gigantic radius, called the celestial sphere. ... Precession of the equinoxes refers to the precession of the Earths axis of rotation. ...

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Notable features

Ursa Minor is colloquially known as the Little Dipper because its seven brightest stars seem to form a ladle, or dipper shape. The star at the end of the dipper handle is Polaris, the North Star. Polaris can also be found by following a line through the two stars which form the end of the "bowl" of the Big Dipper, a nearby asterism found in the constellation Ursa Major. This article is about the astronomical object. ... For other uses, see Polaris (disambiguation). ... Big Dipper map A group of the brightest stars of the constellation Ursa Major, the Great Bear, form a well-known asterism that has been recognized as a distinct grouping in many cultures from time immemorial. ... In astronomy, an asterism is a pattern of stars seen in Earths sky which is not an official constellation. ... This article is about the constellation. ...


Polaris (α UMi), the brightest star in the constellation, is a yellow supergiant shining at 2.02 apparent magnitude . It belongs to the rare class of Cepheid variable stars. Only a bit less bright is β UMi (Kochab), a 2.08 orange giant star. For other uses, see Polaris (disambiguation). ... Supergiants are the most massive stars. ... The apparent magnitude (m) of a star, planet or other celestial body is a measure of its apparent brightness as seen by an observer on Earth. ... Cepheid in the Spiral Galaxy M100 A Cepheid variable or Cepheid is a member of a particular class of variable stars, notable for a fairly tight correlation between their period of variability and absolute luminosity. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long or excessively detailed. ... Beta Ursae Minoris (β UMi / β Ursae Minoris) is the second brightest star in the bowl of the Little Dipper, the constellation Ursa Minor. ...


The four stars in the "bowl" of the little dipper are unusual in that they are of second, third, fourth and fifth magnitude. Hence they provide an easy guide to determining what magnitude stars are visible, useful for city dwellers or testing your eyesight.


Notable deep sky objects

Ursa Minor Dwarf, a dwarf galaxy, is located in the area of the constellation. The Ursa Minor Dwarf dwarf galaxy was discovered by A.G. Wilson of the Lowell Observatory in 1954. ... A dwarf galaxy is a small galaxy composed of up to several billion stars, a small number compared to our own Milky Ways 200-400 billion stars. ...


History

This constellation was founded by Acient Egyptians when they built the great pyramids. Many say it was founded by Greek astronomers but before they found the constellation it was already founded by Acient Eygiptians when they alligned it with pyramids.[citation needed]


In ancient times, Ursa Minor was named the Dragon's wing, and was considered a part of Draco. The dragon's wing as an asterism is now long forgotten.[citation needed] Aratus called the constellation Κυνόσουρα (Kunosoura) meaning "dog's tail". The name was later adapted to Latin as Cynosura. Draco (IPA: , Latin: ) is a far northern constellation that is circumpolar for many northern hemisphere observers. ... In astronomy, an asterism is a pattern of stars seen in Earths sky which is not an official constellation. ... Aratus (Greek Aratos) (ca. ... In Greek mythology, Cynosura was a nymph (an Oread) on Mount Ida, Crete. ...


Mythology

The constellation of Ursa Minor, when including dimmer stars which are still visible to the naked eye, vaguely resembles a baby bear with an unusually long tail. In consequence, Ursa Minor and nearby Ursa Major, the Great Bear, formed the basis of the myth of Callisto and Arcas. The tail was said to have been lengthened from that usually expected for a bear, due to its being held by the tail and spun around the pole. This article is about the constellation. ... In Jupiter and Callisto by François Boucher, Jupiter/Zeus takes the form of Diana/Artemis (Pushkin Museum, Moscow) This article is about the mythological figure. ... Arcas is a character from Greek Mythology, being the son of the God Zeus (The God of Thunder and the lord over all Gods) and Callisto (The Goddess of the Great Bear, also known as Ursa Major). ...


In a variant of the story, in which it is Boötes that represents Arcas, Ursa Minor was considered to represent a dog. This is the older tradition which sensibly explains both the length of the tail and the obsolete alternate name of Cynosura (the dog's tail) for Polaris, the North Star. (It also clarifies the otherwise inexplicable etymology of "cynosure.") [3] Boötes (IPA: Greek: herdsman) is one of the 88 modern constellations and was also one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy. ... Etymologies redirects here. ...


In even earlier times, Ursa Minor was considered to be just seven close stars, and mythologically was regarded, as such, as sisters. In early Greek mythology, the seven stars in Ursa Minor were considered to be the Hesperides, daughters of Atlas. Together with other constellations in the zodiac sign of Libra (i.e. Boötes, Ursa Major, and Draco) it may have formed the origin of the myth of the apples of the Hesperides, which forms part of the Twelve Labours of Heracles. The bust of Zeus found at Otricoli (Sala Rotonda, Museo Pio-Clementino, Vatican) Greek mythology is the body of stories belonging to the Ancient Greeks concerning their gods and heroes, the nature of the world and the origins and significance of their own cult and ritual practices. ... For the ancient Greek city Hesperides see Benghazi. ... The term zodiac denotes an annual cycle of twelve stations along the ecliptic, the apparent path of the sun across the heavens through the constellations that divide the ecliptic into twelve equal zones of celestial longitude. ... Libra (IPA: , Latin: , symbol , Unicode ) is a constellation of the zodiac. ... Draco (IPA: , Latin: ) is a far northern constellation that is circumpolar for many northern hemisphere observers. ... Hercules and the hydra by Antonio Pollaiuolo The Twelve Labours of Hercules (Greek: dodekathlos) are a series of archaic episodes connected by a later continuous narrative, concerning a penance carried out by the greatest of the Greek heroes Heracles, romanised as Hercules. ... Alcides redirects here. ...


To many other cultures, Ursa Minor was the hole in which the earth's axle found its bearing. In Hindu mythology, the Pole Star is Dhruva (the word means pole today), and there is a story behind him becoming a star. Hindu mythology is a term used by modern scholarship for a large body of Indian literature that details the lives and times of legendary personalities, deities and divine incarnations on earth interspersed with often large sections of philosophical and ethical discourse. ... For other uses, see Polaris (disambiguation). ... Dhruva in Hindu mythology was the prince blessed to eternal existence and glory as the Pole Star (Dhruva Nakshatra in Sanskrit) by Lord Vishnu. ...


See also

This article is about the constellation. ...

References

  1. ^ Guilherme de Almeida (2004). Navigating the Night Sky: How to Identify the Stars and Constellations. Springer. ISBN 1852337370. 
  2. ^ Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion (2007). Stars and Planets Guide. Collins, London. ISBN 978-0007251209; (2008) Princeton University Press, Princeton. ISBN 978-0691135564. 
  3. ^ Allen, Richard Hinckley (1969). Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning. Dover Publications Inc. (Reprint of 1899 original). ISBN 0-486-21079-0. 

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Aquila (IPA: , Latin: ; sometimes named the Vulture), is one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy, also mentioned by Eudoxus (4th century BC) and Aratus (3rd century BC) and now also part of the list of 88 constellations acknowledged by the IAU. It lies roughly at the celestial equator. ... Ara (Latin for Altar) is a faint southerly constellation between the constellations Centaurus and Lupus. ... The constellation Argo Navis drawn by Johannes Hevelius in 1690 Argo Navis (or simply Argo) was a large southern constellation representing the Argo, the ship used by Jason and the Argonauts in Greek mythology. ... Aries (IPA: , Latin: , symbol , ) is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... Auriga (IPA: , Latin: ) is a northern constellation. ... Boötes (IPA: Greek: herdsman) is one of the 88 modern constellations and was also one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy. ... Cancer (IPA: , Latin: , symbol , ) is one of the thirteen constellations of the zodiac. ... Canis Major (pronounced , Latin: ) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also in Ptolemys list of 48 constellations. ... Canis Minor (IPA: , Latin: ) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also in Ptolemys list of 48 constellations. ... Capricornus ( or , Unicode: ♑), a name meaning Horned Goat or That which has horns like a goats in Latin, is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... Cassiopeia (pronounced , colloquially ) is a northern constellation which Greek mythology considered to represent the vain queen Cassiopeia who boasted about her unrivaled beauty. ... Centaurus (Latin for centaur) was one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy, and counts also among the 88 modern constellations. ... Cepheus (IPA: ) is a northern constellation named after King Cepheus in Greek mythology, and is considered to represent a king. ... Cetus (pronounced , latinized form of Ancient Greek κῆτος - kētos, “whale, any sea-monster or huge fish”) is a constellation of the southern sky, in the region known as the Water, near other watery constellations like Aquarius, Pisces, and Eridanus. ... Corona Australis (IPA: ) or Corona Austrina (IPA: , Latin: ) was one of Ptolemys 48 constellations, and also counts among the 88 modern constellations. ... Corona Borealis (Latin for northern crown) is a small northern constellation whose main stars form a semicircular arc. ... Corvus (IPA: , Latin: ) is a small southern constellation with only 11 stars visible to the naked eye (brighter than magnitude 5. ... Crater (Latin for cup) is one of the 88 modern constellations and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy. ... Cygnus (IPA: , Latin: ) is a northern constellation. ... For other uses, see Delphinus (disambiguation). ... Draco (IPA: , Latin: ) is a far northern constellation that is circumpolar for many northern hemisphere observers. ... Equuleus (IPA: , Latin: Despite its smallness and lack of bright stars (none are brighter than fourth magnitude), it was also one of Ptolemys 48 constellations. ... Eridanus (IPA: , the ancient Greek name for the Po River (now in Italy), in the mythology associated with Phaëton) is the sixth largest of the 88 modern constellations. ... Gemini (IPA: , Latin: , symbol , ) is one of the constellations of the zodiac known as the twins. It is part of the winter sky, lying between Taurus to the west and the dim Cancer to the east, with Auriga and the near-invisible Lynx to the north and Monoceros and Canis... Hercules (IPA: ) is the fifth largest of the 88 modern constellations. ... Hydra (IPA: ) is the largest of the 88 modern constellations, and was also one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy. ... Leo (IPA: , Latin: , symbol , ) is a constellation of the zodiac. ... Lepus (IPA: , Latin: ) is a constellation, lying just south of the Celestial equator, below the constellation Orion, and possibly representing a hare being chased by Orion the hunter. ... Libra (IPA: , Latin: , symbol , Unicode ) is a constellation of the zodiac. ... Lupus (Latin for Wolf) is a southern constellation. ... For other uses, see Lyra (disambiguation). ... Ophiuchus (IPA: ), formerly referred to as Serpentarius (IPA: ), the former originating in the Greek language and the latter in the Latin language, both meaning serpent-holder, is one of the 88 constellations and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy. ... Orion (IPA: ), a constellation often referred to as The Hunter, is a prominent constellation, one of the largest and perhaps the best-known and most conspicuous in the sky[1]. Its brilliant stars are found on the celestial equator and are visible throughout the world, making this constellation globally recognized. ... Pegasus (IPA: ) is a northern constellation, named after the mythological winged horse Pegasus. ... Perseus is a northern constellation, named after the Greek hero who slew the monster Medusa. ... For other uses, see Pisces. ... Piscis Austrinus or Piscis Australis (both of which are Latin for Southern Fish) was one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy, and is also one of the 88 modern constellations. ... This article is about the constellation; for the trigonometric function, see versine. ... For other uses, see Sagittarius. ... This article is about the constellation. ... Serpens (the snake) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy. ... Taurus (IPA: , Latin: , symbol , ) is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... Triangulum is a small northern constellation whose three brightest stars, of third and fourth magnitude, form an elongated triangle. ... This article is about the constellation. ... Virgo (pronounced , Latin: , symbol , ) is a constellation of the zodiac. ... Apus (Latin for bird of paradise) is a faint southern constellation, not visible to the ancient Greeks. ... For other uses of the word, see chameleon (disambiguation) Chamaeleon (Latin for chameleon) is a minor southern constellation. ... Coma Berenices (IPA: , Latin: ) is a traditional asterism that has since become a constellation. ... This article is about a constellation in the sky. ... Grus (Latin for Crane) is a southern constellation. ... Hydrus (Latin for Hydra, also referred to as male Hydra or little Hydra) is a minor southern constellation. ... Indus (IPA: ) is a southern constellation that is supposed to represent an American Indian. ... Musca (Latin for Fly) is one of the minor southern constellations. ... Pavo, being Latin for Peacock, is a southern constellation. ... Phoenix (IPA: ) is a minor southern constellation, introduced by Dutch navigators Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman, and popularized by Johann Bayers Uranometria in 1603. ... Triangulum Australe is a small southern constellation whose three brightest stars, of second and third magnitude, form an approximately equilateral triangle. ... Tucana (IPA: , Latin: ) is a southern constellation. ... Categories: Astronomy stubs | Modern constellations | Constellations | Volans constellation ... Vulpecula (IPA: , Latin: ) is a faint northern constellation located in the middle of the Summer Triangle, an asterism consisting of the bright stars Deneb, Vega and Altair. ... Camelopardalis, Latin for giraffe, is the name of a large but faint northern constellation first recorded by Jakob Bartsch in 1624, but probably created earlier by Petrus Plancius. ... Monoceros (IPA: , Greek: ) is a faint constellation on the winter night sky, surrounded by Orion to the east, Gemini to the north, Canis Major to the south and Hydra to the west. ... Columba, Latin for dove, is a small constellation just south to Canis Major and Lepus, it was cut out of the constellation Canis Major by Augustin Royer, in 1679. ... CRUX is a lightweight, i686-optimized Linux distribution targeted at experienced Linux users. ... Canes Venatici (Latin for Hunting dogs) is a small northern constellation that was introduced by Johannes Hevelius in the 17th century. ... Lacerta, being Latin for Lizard, is one of the 88 official constellations acknowledged by the International Astronomical Union. ... Leo Minor (Latin for Small Lion) is a rather dim constellation that can barely be recognized as a triangle and lies between the easily discerned constellations Ursa Major and Leo. ... Lynx (IPA: ) is a constellation of the northern hemisphere, introduced in the 17th century by Johannes Hevelius. ... Scutum (Latin for shield) is a small constellation. ... For the Ancient Roman coin denomination, see sextans (coin). ... Vulpecula (IPA: , Latin: ) is a faint northern constellation located in the middle of the Summer Triangle, an asterism consisting of the bright stars Deneb, Vega and Altair. ... Antlia (IPA: , Latin: ) is a relatively new constellation as it was only created in the 18th century, being too faint to be acknowledged by the ancient Greeks. ... Caelum (IPA: ; earlier Cæla Sculptoris (Latin: ) is a minor southern constellation introduced by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille. ... Canes Venatici (Latin for Hunting dogs) is a small northern constellation that was introduced by Johannes Hevelius in the 17th century. ... Carina (IPA: , Latin: ) is a southern constellation which forms part of the old constellation of Argo Navis. ... Circinus, Latin for Compass, is one of the small southern (declination −50 to −60 degrees) constellations. ... Fornax (pronounced , Latin: ) is a southern constellation which was first introduced by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille under the name Fornax Chemica (Latin for chemical furnace), representing a small solid-fuel heater formerly used for heating chemical experiments. ... Horologium (Latin for clock) is one of the lesser southern constellations (declination around -60 degrees). ... Mensa (Latin for Table) is a southern constellation which was first introduced by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille under the name Mons Mensae (Latin for table mountain). ... Categories: Astronomy stubs | Modern constellations | Constellations ... Norma (IPA: , Latin: ), is a small and inconspicuous [penis] that lies in the southern hemisphere between Scorpius and Centaurus. ... Octans (Latin for octant) is an inconspicuous constellation introduced by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille. ... Pictor (IPA: , Latin: ) is one of the minor southern (declination -50° to -60°) constellations. ... Puppis (IPA: , Latin: ) is a southern constellation. ... Categories: Astronomy stubs | Modern constellations | Constellations | Pyxis constellation | Argo Navis constellation ... Reticulum (Latin for reticle), is one of the minor southern (declination -60 degrees) constellations. ... Categories: Astronomy stubs | Modern constellations | Constellations | Sculptor constellation ... Telescopium (Latin for Telescope) is a minor southern constellation identified and named by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille, the 18th century French astronomer, a student of the southern skies. ... Vela (IPA: , Latin: ) is a southern constellation, one of the four parts into which Argo Navis was split (the others being Carina, Puppis and Pyxis). ... The former constellation Argo Navis Former constellations are constellations that are no longer recognized by the International Astronomical Union for various reasons. ... Vulpecula (IPA: , Latin: ) is a faint northern constellation located in the middle of the Summer Triangle, an asterism consisting of the bright stars Deneb, Vega and Altair. ... Antinous was a constellation south of Aquila. ... The constellation Argo Navis drawn by Johannes Hevelius in 1690 Argo Navis (or simply Argo) was a large southern constellation representing the Argo, the ship used by Jason and the Argonauts in Greek mythology. ... Canes Venatici (Latin for Hunting dogs) is a small northern constellation that was introduced by Johannes Hevelius in the 17th century. ... Cancer Minor, Latin: lesser crab, was a constellation composed from a stars in Gemini adjacent to Cancer. ... Cerberus was a constellation created by Hevelius. ... Canes Venatici (Latin for Hunting dogs) is a small northern constellation that was introduced by Johannes Hevelius in the 17th century. ... Custos Messium (Latin for harvest-keeper) was a constellation created by Jérôme Lalande in 1775. ... Felis (Latin for cat) was a constellation created by Jérôme Lalande in 1805. ... Frederici Honores or Honores Friderici or Gloria Frederici (Latin for Glory of Frederick) was a constellation created by Johann Bode in 1787 to honor Frederick the Great, the king of Prussia who had died in the previous year. ... Gallus (the cockerel) was a constellation invented by Petrus Plancius in the early 17th century. ... Globus Aerostaticus (Latin for hot air balloon) was a constellation created by Jérôme Lalande in 1798. ... Jordanus (the Jordan River) was a constellation invented by Petrus Plancius in the early 17th century. ... Lochium Funis (Latin for the log and line) was a constellation created by Johann Bode from the stars which Nicolas Louis de Lacaille created the constellation Pyxis. ... Machina Electrica (Latin for electricity generator) was a constellation created by Johann Bode in 1800. ... Malus (Latin for mast) was a constellation that formed part of the Argo Navis constellation. ... Mons Maenalus (the Mountain) was a constellation created by Johannes Hevelius. ... Musca Borealis (Latin for northern fly) was a constellation located between the constellations of Aries and Perseus. ... Noctua (Latin for owl) was a constellation located between the constellations of Hydra and Libra. ... Officina Typographica (Latin for printing office) was a constellation located east of Sirius. ... Polophylax (Greek: guardian of the pole) was a southern constellation introduced by Petrus Plancius in the early 17th century. ... Psalterium Georgii (also Harpa Georgii) (Latin for Georges harp) was a constellation created by Maximilian Hell in 1781 to honor George II of Great Britain. ... Quadrans Muralis (Latin for mural quadrant) was a constellation created by Jérôme Lalande in 1795. ... Ramus Pomifer (Latin for apple branch) was a constellation located between Hercules and Lyra. ... Robur Carolinum (Latin for Charles oak) was a constellation created by the English astronomer Sir Edmund Halley in 1679. ... Sceptrum Brandenburgicum (Latin for scepter of Brandenburg) was a constellation created in 1688 by Gottfried Kirch, astronomer of Prussian Royal Society of Sciences. ... Sceptrum et Manus Iustitiae (Latin for scepter and hand of justice) was a constellation created by Augustin Royer in 1679 to honor king Louis XIV of France. ... Solarium (Latin for sundial) was a constellation located between the constellations of Horologium, Dorado and Hydrus. ... Tarandus vel Rangifer or Tarandus or Rangifer (the Reindeer) was a small constellation located between the constellations of Cassiopeia and Camelopardalis. ... Taurus Poniatovii (Latin for Poniatowskis bull) was a constellation created by Martin Poczobut in 1777 to honor Stanislaus Poniatowski, king of Poland. ... Telescopium Herschelii (Latin for Herschels telescope) was a constellation created by Maximilian Hell in 1781 to honor the famous English astronomer Sir William Herschel. ... Testudo (Latin for turtle) was a constellation located between the constellations of Cetus and Pisces. ... River Tigris or Tigris (named after the Tigris river) was a constellation, invented by Jakob Bartsch in the 17th century (or by Petrus Plancius). ... Triangulum Minor or Triangulum Minus (Latin for lesser triangle) was a constellation created by Hevelius. ... Hiren is gay. ... The constellation Lyra (Latin for Lyre) already formed part of Ptolemys list of 48 constellations and is also one of the 88 modern constellations approved by the IAU. Lyra is not very big but still easy to find because its principal star, Vega, is also a vertex of the... Apis (Latin for bee) was a constellation located south of constellation Crux. ... Grus (Latin for Crane) is a southern constellation. ... Ophiuchus (IPA: ), formerly referred to as Serpentarius (IPA: ), the former originating in the Greek language and the latter in the Latin language, both meaning serpent-holder, is one of the 88 constellations and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy. ... Vespa (Latin for wasp) was a constellation created by Jakob Bartsch in the 17th century. ... This article is about a constellation in the sky. ...

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Ursa Minor was once known as Cynosura (from the Greek for "dog's tail").
In the United States part of Ursa Major is called the Big Dipper (or the Drinking Gourd) and part of Ursa Minor, the Little Dipper.
Ursa Major reaches its highest point in the evening sky in April and Ursa Minor its highest point in June.
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