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Ursa Major is a constellation near the northern pole. Ursa Major means "great bear." Connect the dots and see if you can imagine a bear in these stars. Muscida is the bear's nose, Talitha and Tania Borealis are two of the paws, and the tail ends in Alkaid.

The Big Dipper, a very famous group of stars, is part of this constellation. The dipper's handle is the bear's tail.

The brightest stars in the Ursa Major are Dubhe and Merak, which point to the northern pole star, Polaris.

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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