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Ursa Major

The Great Bear

Constellation of the northern sky

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GenitiveUrsae Majoris
Constellation FamilyUrsa Major
Celestial QuadrantsNQ2, NQ3
Right Ascension8h 05m to 14h 27m
Declination+28° 48' to +73° 18'
Area (sq deg)1,280
Brightest StarAlioth
Optimum VisibilityMarch (Usually visible from northern latitudes)
Map of Ursa Major Map of Ursa Major

A large northern constellation that includes the well-known Plough or Big Dipper formation.


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