When can the Big Dipper be seen?

Answer The Big Dipper, part of the Ursa Major constellation (The Great Bear), is at its highest position in the sky and can be best seen in late May/early June. It's one of the most recognizable groups of... Read More »

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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 »

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 »

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 »

Where is the big dipper located in the sky?

The constellation Ursa Major, more commonly referred to as the "Big Dipper," can be located in relationship to the North Star. Facing north, looking upward from the horizon, you can find the North ... Read More »