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Ursa Minor

The Lesser Bear, The Little Bear, The Little Dipper

Constellation of the northern sky

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GenitiveUrsae Minoris
Right AscensionCircumpolar
Declination+65° 36' to +90° 0'
Area (sq deg)256
Brightest StarPolaris
Optimum VisibilityAlways visible from northern latitudes
Relative Galactic Position of Ursa Minor

Ursa Minor, Earth's north polar constellation, carves out a small area of sky well outside the plane of the Milky Way.

A small constellation of the northern sky, famous for the fact that it includes, close to the star Polaris, the Northern Celestial Pole.

Map of Ursa Minor


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