Long Tails of Two Bears

  • Phil Simpson
Part of the Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series book series (PATRICKMOORE)


These three constellations are a good starting point since they are visible to most people in the northern hemisphere at some time of the night throughout most of the year. They also contain two asterisms familiar to many people. The brighter stars in Ursa Major and Ursa Minor form the big and little dippers, which are well known and easily recognized. In addition, the star marking the end of the Little Bear’s tail is Polaris, the North Star, and two of the stars in the bowl of the big dipper always point toward Polaris. These three stars can be used to help you find your directions at night.


Spectral Type Bright Star Meteor Shower Faint Star Small Telescope 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CloudcroftUSA

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