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The Big Dipper What is a Constellation? From very early times, the stars have fascinated man. Early stargazers began naming stars. They also noticed patterns of stars that appeared night after night in the sky. These patterns or groupings of stars are called constellations. They began to name the constellations after animals or objects they resembled. Many of the names are associated with Greek myths. There are now more than 80 constellations that can be seen form the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. The Big Dipper One of the most recognized groups of stars is the Big Dipper. It has also been called the plow and a wagon or cart. It is part of the constellation called Ursa
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Unformatted text preview: Major or the Great Bear. According to the Greeks, the nymph Callisto was changed into the form of a bear and Zeus placed her in the heavens. Location The Big Dipper consists of seven stars and is located in the Northern Hemisphere. Many times constellations are used to help astronomers locate other stars. The two stars on the outer edge of the cup of the dipper are used to locate the North Star. Throughout the ages, sailors have used The Big Dipper for navigating to the north. The Big Dipper was also used as a guide for the slaves traveling on the Underground Railroad during the Civil War. Songs referred to the Big Dipper as the drinking gourd....
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This note was uploaded on 12/08/2010 for the course CS 2000 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '07 term at CSU Stanislaus.

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