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Big Dipper Connect the Dots

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The Big Dipper is a group of stars that looks a bit like a ladle. This group of stars is contained in the constellation called Ursa Major (which means "The Great Bear" in Latin).

The two brightest stars in the Big Dipper (Dubhe and Merak, marked numbers 1 and 2 on the picture above) "point" to the North Star. The North Star, which is also called Polaris, is a star that always points north, while the other stars in the northern sky seem to circle around it.

The Big Dipper is pictured on the flag of the state of Alaska, USA.

Throughout history, people have given names to groups of stars in the sky. A constellation is a group of stars that we see in the sky. These stars are not necessarily located together in space, but they look as though they are a group when seen from Earth. See if you can find these stars in the night sky of the Northern Hemisphere.



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