The Pointers

GenitiveUrsae Majoris
AbbreviationUMa
Right Ascension11h02 to 11h03
Declination+56.4° to +61.8°
Area (sq deg)1.4
Brightest StarDubhe
Optimum VisibilityMarch (usually visible from northern latitudes)
Map of the Pointers

Dubhe and Merak, the rightmost stars of the Plough or Big Dipper. An imaginary line running north through these two guide stars passes within a few degrees of the Pole Star, making them a useful aid to navigation in the northern hemisphere.

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