More About the Big Dipper
- The Big Dipper is one of the most iconic figures in the night sky.
- The 7 yellow boxes show the 7 stars that make up the Big Dipper. These stars are known as Alkaid, Mizar, Alioth, Megrez, Phad, Merak, and Dubhe (from the top left to right.)
- The shape of the Big Dipper can be described as a pot with a handle.
- The stars Merak and Dubhe (the right two stars of the pot) always will point to the North Star, Polaris.
- For centuries, sailors and captains used to use the Big Dipper to help them find directions during the night time as the stars Merak and Dubhe (the right two stars of the pot) always will point to the North Star, Polaris. Even today, you can still use the Big Dipper to guide your way home .
- The Big Dipper can be found within literature and stories from all different types of cultures around the globe.
Featured Fun Fact:
- The Big Dipper is not actually a constellation, but instead is just a pattern of stars in the night sky. Scientists call these figures asterisms. The Big Dipper is actually part of a constellation known as Ursa Major which is in the shape of a bear.