Unformatted text preview: Ancient astronomers named the brighter stars, and modern astronomers still use many of those names. A stars name can help you understand what cultures or groups had to do with constellations. A lot of the constellations were to commemorate important mythical figures, and they told stories. Polaris is the North Star and it can be seen all year round. It is the brightest star on the end of the handle of the Little Dipper and also in the constellation Ursa Minor, the Little Bear. The star name Polaris comes from the Latin, Stella Polaris, which means, Pole Star....
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- Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, Polaris, Pole star, important concept