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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- Spring '07
- Constellation, Ursa Major, Big Dipper, Southern Hemispheres, Follow the Drinkin' Gourd