Constellation The Small Bear

Ursa Minor (The Small Bear): gift, map and visability

  • Meaning: The Small Bear
  • Best seen in: June
  • Family: Ursa Major
  • Latitude: +90° to -10°

Ursa Minor or The Small Bear is one of the 88 constellations modern astronomers have divided the sky into. It's part of the Ursa Major constellation family. Ursa Minor is best seen in June (from latitudes +90° to -10°).

The constellation is a valuable navigational tool used by travelers to find the Little Dipper and locate Polaris, the North Star. The North Star’s distance above the horizon is roughly equivalent to latitude. In the sky the two bears stand back to back, facing in opposite directions, with the tail of Draco the dragon between them. Ursa Minor is the child of Callisto placed in the sky by Zeus.

Ursa Minor Constellation Map

Ursa Minor Constellation Map
Ursa Minor icon

Main Stars in The Small Bear (Ursa Minor)

The constellation Ursa Minor contains several bright stars that make up its shape. Some of these main stars are known as:

  • Polaris
  • Kochab
  • Pherkad
  • Yildun
  • Akhfa al Farkadain
  • Anwar al Farkadain
  • Epsilon Ursae Minoris

Some of the deep sky objects which have been discovered in Ursa Minor include: Ursa Minor Dwarf.

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