Is Aldebaran near the Big Dipper?

Answer Aldebaran is the most brilliant star in the constellation Taurus. It is nearest to the constellations of Orion and Pleiades. In particular, it closest to Betelguese, which is one of three stars in ... Read More »

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What constellation is Aldebaran in?

Aldebaran is a giant red-orange star, which looks like the eye in the constellation Taurus, the bull. It is a prominent feature of the winter sky in the Northern Hemisphere, according to "The Mont... Read More »

Why is the Big Dipper called the Big Dipper?

The Big Dipper, a cluster of seven stars in the constellation Ursa Major, is one of the most recognized star groups. Ursa Major is "circumpolar," that is, it never sets below the horizon and is vis... Read More »

Is the Big Dipper an asterism?

The Big Dipper is an asterism. An asterism is a collection of stars that forms a pattern. Asterisms represent a component of a constellation. For example, the Big Dipper is an asterism of Ursa Majo... Read More »

How did the Big Dipper get its name?

The Big Dipper consists of seven stars visible throughout the year in most of the northern hemisphere. No one person or organization gave it its name. The moniker comes from the commonly held notio... Read More »