Abbreviation: Â UMi
English Name: Â The Chained Maiden
Hemisphere:Â Â Northern Hemisphere
Location:Â Between the constellations of Cepheus and Draco.
Visible between latitudes: Â +90 and -10 degrees
Best season: Summer
Seen in three seasons:Â Spring, Summer, and Autumn.
Best seen in:Â Â Circumpolar, better in JuneÂ (This constellation of Ursa Minor stays in the Sky all the year.)
Seen between:Â May and June
Right Ascension (RA):Â Â 15 hour
Declination (DEC):Â Â +70 degrees
Area (square degrees): Â 256 (56th)
Ursa Minor Â (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, Â one of them are aÂ notable object is theÂ Ursa Minor Dwarf,Â located in the area of the constellation, and a satellite galaxy to our Milky-Way.
- PolarisÂ (Alpha UMi)
- KocabÂ (Beta UMi)
- PherkadÂ (Gamma UMi)
- YildunÂ (Delta UMi)
- Pherkad MinorÂ (11 UMi)
- Photo of the constellation;Â Ursa Minor, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart Â – Â Ursa Minor
- List of stars in Ursa Minor.
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