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Tracking the Great Bear

by Anne-Marie |  5 Apr 2019

Find some facts about the Great Bear and then track her in the night sky

As it’s getting warmer it’s still not too late on a clear night to pop outside for a bit of star gazing. The Great Bear is the biggest constellation in the northern hemisphere and is visible there for most of the year.  The easiest way to find it is to find the plough or big dipper which is commonly known to so many of us.  This the Great Bear’s tail and leads into the rest of constellation as you can see in the picture.

The Great Bear is also known as Ursa Major which is latin and means "larger she-bear".  There is also an Ursa Minor or little bear nearby. Unbelievably, the Great Bear, was one of the original 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy in the 2nd century.

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