English Name: The Chained Maiden
Hemisphere: Northern Hemisphere
Location: Between the constellations of Cepheus and Draco.
Visible between latitudes: +90 and -10 degrees
Best season: Summer
Seen in three seasons: Spring, Summer, and Autumn.
Best seen in: Circumpolar, better in June (This constellation of Ursa Minor stays in the Sky all the year.)
Seen between: May and June
Right Ascension (RA): 15 hour
Declination (DEC): +70 degrees
Area (square degrees): 256 (56th)
Ursa Minor (The Little Bear)
- Polaris is the brightest star in Ursa Minor – it’s located almost exactly above the North Pole, and contains the North Celestial Pole (NCP) (photo)is the `North Pole Star`. Travellers used Polaris to find their way facing almost due North, before a long time ago, the magnetic compass was invented.
- If you stood at the North Pole, Polaris would be almost directly overhead. If you can spot Polaris in the sky, you can always tell which way is north.
- The constellation of Ursa Minor with seven main stars, is known as ` The Little Dipper` it looks somewhat like a spoon that handle has been bent back by a playful child.
- No Messier objects in Ursa Minor.
Features of Interest
- UGC 9749 – Ursa Minor Dwarf, the constellation of Ursa Minor is rather lacking of many deep-sky objects, one of them are a notable object is the Ursa Minor Dwarf, located in the area of the constellation, and a satellite galaxy to our Milky-Way.
- Polaris (Alpha UMi)
- Kocab (Beta UMi)
- Pherkad (Gamma UMi)
- Yildun (Delta UMi)
- Pherkad Minor (11 UMi)
- Photo of the constellation; Ursa Minor, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart – Ursa Minor
- List of stars in Ursa Minor.
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