What constellation contains the Big Dipper?

Answer The constellation of Ursa Major, "the Great Bear," contains a grouping of seven bright stars commonly referred to as the Big Dipper because of its likeness to a drinking ladle. The Big Dipper, an a... Read More »

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In what constellation is the big dipper found?

The Big Dipper is made up of seven stars found in a constellation called Ursa Major, the Big Bear. These stars make up the tail and rump of the bear. They also outline the shape of a large ladle. U... Read More »

What constellation is the big dipper a part of?

The Big Dipper is part of the constellation Ursa Major, or "The Big Bear." The Dipper's cup is found in the Bear's side, or flank, and the Big Dipper's handle is in the Bear's tail. The Big Dipper ... Read More »

What is the scientific name for the Big Dipper constellation?

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) assigns official names to astronomical objects. Currently, 88 constellations have been recognized and named by the IAU. The IAU name for the constellation... 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 »